JEOPARDY! fans slammed the quiz show as “immensely offensive and shameful” after Savannah Guthrie read off an inaccurate medical answer.
Savannah, 49, incorrectly mentioned that Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome was also known as “the Grinch syndrome” during the program.
Savannah told the audience an inaccurate medical answerCredit: Jeopardy Productions vis Youtube
Dysautonomia International demanded an apology from the show
The quiz show issued an apologyCredit: Twitter
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) has nothing to do with the “Grinch syndrome,” and the condition also has no connection to the heart being “too small,” according to myheart.net.
The nonprofit organization known as Dysautonomia International accused the ABC show of using an “offensive” term to be “funny.”
The trivia game show offered an apology for using an “outdated and inaccurate term” and tweeted: “Yesterday’s program included a clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
Jeopardy! apologized for its ‘outdated and inaccurate term’Credit: Twitter
The show received tons of hate from fansCredit: Twitter
“After hearing from the community, we found we used an outdated and inaccurate term for this disorder, and we apologize.”
Despite its apology, the competition program though still received backlash from the fans on social media.
One fan wrote: “Not cool Jeopardy! As if people with POTS, including my daughter, haven’t to deal with enough stigmas that come with this serious condition.”
A fan thought the inaccurate medical answer was shamefulCredit: Twitter
The POTS community were offended by the inaccuracyCredit: Twitter
Another fan tweeted: “Hey Jeopardy I was diagnosed with POTS after contracting #COVID19 and subsequently developing #LongCovid I guarantee you that my heart didn’t shrink two sizes.
Dysautonomia is brutal, life limiting and sorely misunderstood. Shameful. Disability is no laughing matter.”
A third fan objected: “Oh Jeopardy this is shameful. I have POTs and am sad you would resort to this. How low.
And I might add, incredibly incorrect. Would you seriously tell a kid he has a condition that makes him Grinch? I just…can’t believe this.”
POTS has nothing to do with the heart being ‘too small’Credit: Twitter
Fans thought the ‘Grinch syndrome’ was ‘ridiculous’Credit: Twitter
A fourth commentator stated: “I had to Google “grinch syndrome” because I couldn’t spell the clinical term. I surmised it was a condition where the patients heart was too small…but that wasn’t the nature of the condition when I looked it up…so I’m unclear how “Grinch Syndrome” was first coined?”
A fifth person ranted: “In my many years of dealing with POTS and speaking to/being tested by countless doctors.
“I’ve never even heard anyone mention anything related to abnormal heart size, let alone that being the hallmark feature.
“I’ve also never heard of that ridiculous nickname.”
Alex passed away laty yearCredit: NBC
Jeopardy! continued with different celebrity hostsCredit: AP
A Jeopardy fan noted: “This is…objective false and immensely offensive.”
The TODAY Show host has been scheduled to serve as Jeopardy! host for about 10 episodes from June 14th to the 25th.
Vale, Charles, and Savannah pictured togetherCredit: Instagram
Last week, Savannah spoke about how she prepared for her new hosting duties on the TODAY show.
Savannah said: “I watched a lot of Alex’s episodes. If you want to learn how to be good at something, you watch a person who is the absolute best.
“Being here, standing behind this podium, I have a new appreciation.
“It was hard. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it’s also one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
The broadcaster has been married twice – to Mark Orchard, 45. from 2005 to 2009 and to Michael Feldman, 52, whom she wed back in 2014.
Savannah shares two children, Vale Guthrie, six, and Charles Max, four, with her husband Michael.
Savannah said hosting Jeopardy! was ‘one the best things I’ve ever done’Credit: Jeopardy Productions vis Youtube