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At the end of the Jeopardy! shows he is guest hosting, executive producer Mike Richards reminds viewers of the wisdom of the late Alex Trebek — pitch in to make the world “a kindler, gentler society.”

Some in the Armenian community appear to be questioning the show’s own adherence to that message after the airing of an episode this week.

A clue focused on the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict has some saying Jeopardy! got it wrong.

The show regrets the situation.

“Our clue stated that Armenia ‘has been accused of irredentism, the reclaiming of old territory.’ We didn’t mean to imply either that Armenian policy is actually irredentist, or that irredentism is necessarily something to be condemned,” Jeopardy! replied on Saturday morning, a day after GV Wire℠ posted the story.

“Jeopardy! clues often involve reducing complex situations to a brief summary, and we always regret it when our clues come across as oversimplified and even as inaccurate or insulting to any person or group,” the show said.

The show airs locally in Fresno on ABC 30 (KFSN).

An image of the clue that aired on Jeopardy!, upsetting a prominent Armenian group. (Image: screenshot)

Clue Without a Clue?

“Jeopardy! clues often involve reducing complex situations to a brief summary, and we always regret it when our clues come across as oversimplified and even as inaccurate or insulting to any person or group.”Statement from Jeopardy!

On the episode that aired on Thursday, the $1,600 clue in “Terms from History” upset Armenians.

“This country has been accused of irredentism, the reclaiming of old territory, over the Nagorno-Karabakh area in Azerbaijan,” the answer read.

“What is Armenia?” correctly questioned Jim Cooper, a screenwriter from Pacific Palisades.

For Armenian advocates, Nagorno-Karabakh is not considered part of Azerbaijan, but rather an independent land.

“The Armenian-American community is outraged by the blatant misportrayal of the Artsakh self-determination movement,” Alex Galitsky, spokesman for the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region said.

Last year, Armenia and Azerbaijan engaged in armed conflict over the disputed region, also known as Artsakh. Thousands died. Many Central Valley politicians side with Armenia. Both countries have said they are in the right.

Four months after the war ended, issues remain over POW exchanges and information about landmines.

Fresno Advocate Disappointed

Sevag Tateosian, an Armenian advocate from Fresno and former candidate for the State Center Community College District, was in disbelief.

“As someone who has watched the program with my family for decades, I’m disappointed at the lack of research by program staff. We are seeing more misinformation coming from the Azerbaijani government to the point that they are even alleging Armenian churches in Nagorno-Karabakh are Albanian churches,” Tateosian said.

Galisky, the ANCA-WR spokesman, said the Jeopardy! clue had a bias against Armenians.

” It is profoundly disappointing to see an American cultural staple like Jeopardy! use its platform to sanitize the genocidal violence perpetrated against the indigenous Armenians of Artsakh by the Azerbaijani government – one of the most repressive and authoritarian regimes in the world today,” Galitsky said.

The Los Angeles-based Azerbaijanian consulate had a completely different response. They referred GV Wire℠ to a tweet from Consul General Nasimi Aghayev.

“One of America’s oldest and most watched television shows @Jeopardy asked this question yesterday. Illegal, @UN-condemned occupation & ethnic cleansing of #Azerbaijan’s #Qarabagh region by #Armenia was exposed again. Watched by millions of people. Truth always comes out,” Aghayev wrote.

[Note: this story was updated Friday evening to include the tweet response from the Azerbaijani consul general. The story was updated again Saturday with a statement from “Jeopardy!”]

17 Responses

  1. EsHye Em

    Turkey and Azerbaijan (a peon of Turkey) are spending millions of dollars to change history. It is sad to see American TV producers fall for it. A correction and apology is due.

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  2. Arena Rax

    This executive producer Mike Richards must be on Turkish/Azeri payroll. It’s either the money or the ignorance, and I doubt very much it’s the latter. This fake gameshow is not worth my time.

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  3. Lily P

    The truth always comes out. Enough of Armenian lies. Also, sick and tired of the aggressive stance their diaspora always takes aggressively attacking anything and everything that concerns Azerbaijan. Karabakh was and always will be internationally recognized Azerbaijani lands and read up on law. Stop making claims to Azerbaijani, Georgian and Turkish lands. They never belonged to you ‘a million years ago’.

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    • Jenn

      Azerbaijan was first created in 1918 after the Armenian Genocide by the Turks. What “always” are you referring to?

      It’s literally funny how Asian nomads (turks) came to ancient Armenian land, stole Armenian land, and are now trying to distort history. Armenia is the only country on the world’s oldest map (The Babylonian map) that still exists today. Turkey and Azerbaijan did not even exist.

      “Always”… wow.

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  4. La

    You can not hide the Truth! Karabakh is Azerbaijan! Thanks for telling the Truth!

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  5. Mike

    Jeopardy! hit the nail on the head. Armenia violently expelled 1 million Azerbaijanis, killed 25 thousand Azerbaijani civilians (many women and children), razed 7 Azerbaijani districts to the ground, destroyed entire cities, created large-scale urbicide and ecocide by cutting down all trees in these territories. All of this for 60 thousand Armenians to live on these lands… Numbers speak louder than words. The powerful Armenian lobbies in the US continue to buy politicians and suppress the truth, but the truth is gradually coming out. We all need to call our Members of Congress and ask them to stop supporting Armenia.

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    • Diana

      Enough with the Turkish lies lmao

      Turks pay other countries to silence the world. Turks deny the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, no one believes you sheeps!

      Artsakh is Armenia, and no one stands with Azerbaijan. The world recognizes Azeri and Turkish terrorism. Turkey and Azerbaijan are known for their terrorism! Terrorist countries!

      ARTSAKH IS ARMENIA

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    • Alex

      One million refugees? 25 thousand civilians? Where did you take all this fake information? Azerbaijan’s propaganda news? Last time I checked, there were around 600,000 refugees and 600 dead civilians on the Azerbaijani side, and 500,000 refugees and 1500 dead civilians on the Armenian side, not to mention another wave of 100,000 Armenians refugees from the recent war that was started by your favorite Azerbaijan. Also, there were around 150,000 Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh and the reason why they wanted to reunite with Armenia was because Azerbaijan was perpetrating ethnic cleansing and massacres against them. You are either misinformed or a paid Azerbaijani troll.

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      • Tofiq

        Desire of “unification” of 150thousand Armenians justifies expulsion of 600thousand Azerbaijanis?
        Jeopardy is not only right about Armenia but also majority of Armenians.

    • Robert

      Even in these comments, Armenians have no facts on their side, only lies, cursing, and false accusations. Turkey has absolutely recognizes the Holocaust, because it did happen and has also been adjudicated in court. If you think the Armenian genocide happened, please take the Ottoman Empire to court. The reason you don’t is because it was not genocide.

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  6. Cameron Rajabov

    Very typical of these people to be upset, yet this is something the international community views as a blatant occupation. I would consider Sevag Tateosian more credible had he discussed the countless Azerbaijani places of worship that had been converted into pigsty’s with the help of Armenian forces. For over 30 years of occupation, there was not a mention by Galisky, who is so adamant about indigenous populations, about the 600,000+ Azerbaijani refugees that were forced out of their homes in the 90’s. Just so this “Artsach” country can be formed with a population of about 150k. They like to paint this black and white picture, accusing Azerbaijan of all wrong while avoiding all their own war crimes.

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  7. Diana

    Y’all, to who ever is reading these comments, don’t listen to the Turks or Azeris that are commenting against Armenians. Armenian terrorism doesn’t exist- Turks committed the Armenian Genocide and spread lies to hate Armenians are ruin reputation. Not only do Turks and Azeris deny the Holocaust, they deny the Armenian Genocide as well!!! Turks and Azeris are being brainwashed by their government and are committing hate and war crimes. Throughout the war, Azeris hacked Armenian funds, spread false information, and attacked Armenians. This shows who the real monsters are. Artsakh is Armenia, and don’t believe any Turk or Azeris. Don’t false into their trap to silence you. Stop Turkish and Azeri terrorism.

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  8. Mark

    The Turkish and Azeri wallet has a far reach, this is discussing how an American icon is falling for Genocidal propaganda. This is borderline complacency!

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  9. dsllkjds

    The Jeopardy clue didn’t say that Armenia was guilty of irredentism. And it didn’t say that Armenia was innocent of irredentism. It remained perfectly neutral. It merely said that Armenia had been accused of irredentism.

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  10. jenn

    Azerbaijan was first created in 1918 after the Armenian Genocide by the Turks. What “always” are you referring to?

    It’s literally funny how Asian nomads (turks) came to ancient Armenian land, stole Armenian land, and are now trying to distort history. Armenia is the only country on the world’s oldest map (The Babylonian map) that still exists today. Turkey and Azerbaijan did not even exist.

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  11. William N.

    How can something that happened in 2020 be “history”? No, this was strategic and intentional, to try and cover up the latest attempt at Genocide against the Armenian people.

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