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Contestant from New York forgets his own governor’s name


In this image from video provided by the New York Office of the Governor, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks with "Jeopardy"contestant Ben Walthall, a resident of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday Dec. 31, 2021, who failed to buzz in on a clue about Hochul in a recent episode of the television program. New York Office of the Governor via Associated Press

NICK EICHER, HOST: A “Jeopardy” contestant found himself embarrassingly stumped last week on a political question.

Ah, I get it: It’s Jeopardy. I should say, a political clue.

AUDIO: In 2021, she became the first female governor of New York state. … [beeps] Ben, that’s your governor! Kathy Hochul, her name.

The other contestants could be excused for not knowing the answer, but Ben Walthall lives in Brooklyn!

He later explained that the episode was actually taped a couple of months earlier and Hochul hadn’t been in office very long at the time.

Valid excuse? Well…

AUDIO: [BUZZER]

I’m sorry. We can’t allow it.

But, no hard feelings on the governor’s part! She invited him by video to a New Year’s Eve press conference for a do-over.

Someone off camera again read the clue: In 2021, she became the first female governor of New York state…

HOCHUL: Ben, you know the answer.
WALTHALL: Who is Kathy Hochul? Yes!

Everyone deserves a second chance!

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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