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‘Jeopardy’ Contestant Loses $3,200 After Judges Say He Mispronounced ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

A new year is meant to be a fresh, hopeful start for many. But for Jeopardy contestant Nick Spicher, it was quite the bummer!

After Alex Trebek gave the clue, “A song by Coolio from Dangerous Minds goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic,” Nick was the quickest to buzz in with his answer.

Smiling, the Jeopardy contestant confidently replied, “Gangster’s Paradise Lost.” He was awarded the $1,600 winnings and took first place in the game.

But moments later, Alex had some bad news. As it turns out, the Jeopardy contestant mispronounced the name of the song.

“Our judges have re-evaluated one of your responses a few minutes ago, Nick,” Alex informed the contestant. “You said ‘gangsters’ instead of ‘gangstas’ on that song by Coolio, so we take $3,200 away from you.”

He lost the $1,600 winnings and an additional $1,600 for getting the question wrong, and Alex made sure to let him know. “You are now in second place,” he said. The Jeopardy contestant’s smile quickly faded from his face after that. The show’s judges also explained that both words have their own separate entries and definitions in the dictionary.

TMZ caught up with Coolio to see what he had to say about the entire debacle. “I probably would have gave it to him,” he said. “The ‘er’ will always get you in trouble.”

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