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Knowing the facts on Jeopardy!, it turns out, isn’t always enough.
In a hilariously cruel twist of fate on the show’s New Year’s Day episode, one contestant, Nick, chimed in quickly when the following clue popped up: “A song by Coolio from ‘Dangerous Minds’ goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.” Referring to the book Paradise Lost and the track “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Nick responded with the seemingly correct answer: “Gangster’s Paradise Lost.” He was, initially, awarded accordingly.
Yet unfortunately, in the minds of the all-powerful Jeopardy! judges, Nick’s pronunciation wasn’t quite up to par. A few minutes after calling the answer correct, host Alex Trebek was forced to retract Nick’s win in typically deadpan fashion.
“Our judges have re-evaluated one of your responses a few minutes ago, Nick,” Trebek began before proceeding to brutally burn the contestant. “You said gangster’s instead of gangsta’s on that song by Coolio, so we take $3,200 away from you. You are now in second place.” Nick’s face through the whole ordeal, from elation to devastation, is a sight to behold.
The Daily Show‘s Roy Wood Jr. posted the clip to Twitter, with some wise words to kick off the New Year. “Let Nick’s mistake be a lesson to us all,” he said. “In 2018, you gotta keep it gangsta at all times. Never Gangster #Jeopardy.” Watch it above.