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NPR Producer's Incorrect Answer To Final Jeopardy Goes Viral


And speaking of notorious, what's it like when your "Jeopardy!" answer - well, actually your question - goes viral? One of our colleagues found out firsthand. ALL THINGS CONSIDERED producer Becky Sullivan reached Final Jeopardy and heard Alex Trebek read this.


ALEX TREBEK: Take a look. The flower pictured here is called this, also a disparaging term for people on the political left. Thirty seconds - good luck.

SHAPIRO: The right answer was bleeding heart. Here's Becky.

BECKY SULLIVAN, BYLINE: Look, I've got to admit, I didn't know that bleeding hearts were flowers. I wanted to at least guess, though, so I wrote down the only flower I could think of that was also a, quote, "disparaging term," a pansy.


TREBEK: Becky, we're going to start with you. And I have a feeling that you have - you may have found a way to insult liberals in this country.

SULLIVAN: It was a surprise to me that Trebek can see the answers before they're revealed and a bigger surprise that he set up my guess like a joke.


TREBEK: What is a pansy?


SULLIVAN: (Laughter). Yeah. Now that has more than a million views on Facebook, 600,000 on YouTube. It's been on the Reddit front page, BuzzFeed, my hometown newspaper, the Kansas City Star. This is not exactly what I had in mind when I went on "Jeopardy!" - seeing my name and face all over with thousands of strangers commenting and speculating about my intentions. I would've gotten second place no matter what. I was too far behind the winner to catch up. But second place on "Jeopardy!" still gets you 2000 bucks.

SHAPIRO: That's our ALL THINGS CONSIDERED producer Becky Sullivan. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Becky Sullivan has reported and produced for NPR since 2011 with a focus on hard news and breaking stories. She has been on the ground to cover natural disasters, disease outbreaks, elections and protests, delivering stories to both broadcast and digital platforms.

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