‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Loses Thousands for Mispronouncing Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Loses Thousands for Mispronouncing Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’


A “Jeopardy!” contestant made a $3,200 mistake when he mispronounced the name Coolio’s hit song on the famed tri show.

The contestant, Nick Spicher, was given a clue for his question: “A song by Coolio from Dangerous Minds goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.” Spicher’s answer, “Gangster’s Paradise Lost,” was initially deemed correct, until host Alex Trebek had to break the news.

“You said ‘Gangster’s’ instead ‘Gangsta’s’ on that song by Coolio,” said Trebek. “We take $3,200 away from you so you are now in second place.”

The show’s website explained the ruling by describing the scene. “Although Nick’s response ‘Gangster’s Paradise Lost’ was initially accepted, the hard R sound caught the ear one member the onstage team, who immediately followed up with a quick check,” they explained. “It turns out that ‘gangsta’ and ‘gangster’ are both listed separately in the Oxford English Dictionary, each with its own unique definition. Nick changed not only the song’s title, but also its meaning ­- making his response unacceptable.”

'Jeopardy!' Contestant Loses Thousands for Mispronouncing Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'

Spicher took to Twitter to share his reaction to the blunder. “My first thought was, ‘Didn’t I say “gangsta”?’ and I kind wanted to hear the tape,” he tweeted. “But I assume they listened to it quite enough to definitively determine it. And since that was my reaction, that course means that yes, ‘Gangsta’s’ would have been correct. They had every right to call me out on it. And I will be forever proud the moment that Alex Trebek taught me how to say ‘Gangsta.’ :P”

“Jeopardy” ten uses hip-hop and R&B references on the program. In the last few years, BeyoncĂ©, Fetty Wap, and Chance the Rapper have been answers, questions, and/or categories on the show.