Jeopardy Issues Apology For Using 'Outdated' Medical Term in Clue


By Cassandra Fairbanks

The iconic quiz show Jeopardy has issued an apology on Twitter after facing backlash for using an “outdated” and “inaccurate” medical clue on Monday’s episode.

The clue, read by guest host Savannah Guthrie, was “Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome [POTS] is also known as Grinch syndrome because this organ is too small.”

The answer, of course, was the heart.

“This appeared on Jeopardy tonight. Grinch syndrome is an offensive term. Can you imagine Jeopardy making light of cancer or MS patients with a “funny” name for their debilitating health condition? Not acceptable. We’d love to see real questions about the autonomic nervous system,” a viewer tweeted.

“No one on my medical team for my POTS calls it Grinch syndrome. In part because they know it’s a disorder of my autonomic nervous system. Btw, echocardiograms show my heart is normal size,” another viewer added.

Another woman tweeted a photo of her television screen writing, “this isn’t accurate at all. would love some pots representation and awareness but this ain’t it my dude” with an upset emoji. She added, “my heart is normal sized!!!!!!! (don’t listen to my exes or jeopardy).”

The Hill reports that “according to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, POTS is ‘a condition characterized by too little blood returning to the heart when moving from a lying down to a standing up position.’ Patients often experience fainting or lightheadedness in addition to an accelerated increase in a patient’s heart rate.”

POTS affects between one and three million Americans and typically, “the structure of the heart itself is normal,” according to John Hopkins Medicine.

Jeopardy apologized for using the term the following day.

“Yesterday’s program included a clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). After hearing from the community, we found we used an outdated and inaccurate term for this disorder, and we apologize,” the tweet stated.

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24 responses to “Jeopardy Issues Apology For Using ‘Outdated’ Medical Term in Clue”

  1. Scafflaww says:

    How is it “misogynistic?”

  2. RedmanBad says:

    Imagine Jeopardy doing this before the internet and social media.

  3. sartoraaus@gmail.com says:

    I thought it was called a midget heart?

  4. UppityG says:

    Far too many babies out there who can’t think before they tweet. People did what they did in their day and that was normal. To be outraged over it now is just useless exercise of their umbrage dewlap.

  5. FergusonRage says:

    How is this misogyny? Like…. the fuck.

  6. JRizzo says:

    Can someone explain how that terminology is misogynistic? Does the outrage mob throw their favorite buzzword at anything in the off chance that it’ll stick where it doesn’t belong?

  7. Kaltano says:

    Guess they can’t find room in their hearts to enjoy a harmless joke.

  8. ShiningLightOnShadows says:

    People need to remember that we have the right to offend people in this country. But we don’t have the right to not be offended.

  9. someone says:

    Material like this is the perfect example of why we need the ability to add gifs and memes to the comments. Make it happen, and I’ll make you laugh. It’s a promise…

  10. EyeSight says:

    Is it actually an outdated term?

  11. WolffsTeeth says:

    This is the dumbest outrage. Social media was a mistake.

  12. Devilsgun says:

    Bitch, bitch, bitch…

    If you can’t have fun with brutal reality then you’re not gonna fare well

  13. ZedS says:

    I think it’s ridiculous that people get so bent out of shape over things like this, when the comments aren’t pointed at anyone particular and it’s clearly not a matter of bullying or vindictive misrepresentation of a group. People need to pull their heads out of their backsides and stop being so darned touchy – it’s seriously damaging our society.

  14. 51773 says:

    This is really good reporting, it would be great if Tim pool kept the promises he made in the launch video of the record breaking SCNR / Subverse wefunder and delivered this kind of reporting there as well. Maybe then all those investors wouldn’t feel like they were lied to.

    • Felix_The_Rat says:

      Where do I find the mute button on you?

    • ssullivan says:

      Tim can’t keep his word on that project because he didn’t have full control. You can follow the story online but he and his former partners have had legal battles which is why he is doing it all by himself here.

      • 51773 says:

        Tim has abandoned the more than 2500 investors he made promises to at Subverse / SCNR to make timcast into what he promised them at Subverse / SCNR

        • Cat_R_Pillar says:

          This kid is really making me rethink my stance on cancelling people

        • JohnRCurtis51 says:

          51763 or 51772 you know your name … it’s the thing …. with the numbers and the ramblibling nonsense afterwards…. I am starting to think that you are the reason that Tim left the project that you are so desperately seeking his return to.. it might just be time to face some hard cold facts of reality …. Tim… is never coming back…. he has moved on….it will hurt for a while… but you will get better . That being said, your hanging on and making the rest of our lives miserable with your incessant whining, is not acceptable! Please seek the appropriate therapy (maybe graphine injections or DMT overdose) and become a productive member here or leave 🤔😀😉😄

          • 51773 says:

            The Ceo and founder of SCNR / Subverse, Tim, clearly is barely working on (if at all) anything unrelated to timcast. There has been zero updates since June 2020. Tim grifted a record breaking 1.2 million wefunder by promising the very things that are only being delivered at timcast. Is this not a conflict of interest at the very least? He should step down at SCNR or make it right by giving people their money back (whatever’s left) or the value they invested in the form of subscriptions to timcast.

            Just want people to be aware that Tim is a class of grifter above those he accuses of grifting.

  15. KP67s says:

    As a physician, we have so many names for diseases and syndromes that most would probably break the trigger-meter a few times over for many people.

    More sad to see the whole thing was sparked by a non-profit wokeist. Lots of things are going to have to change if we wanna remove woke from culture.

  16. deplorablewhitesupremacist says:

    Will we ever see the end of unreasonable reactions to simple things?

  17. zenmaster123 says:

    Your trigger’s are YOUR OWN responsibility and ONLY your responsibility.