Jeopardy Won’t Allow Canadians to Play on Game Show

February 22, 2016, 2:58 PM UTC
"Jeopardy!" & IBM Man V. Machine Press Conference
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - JANUARY 13: Host of "Jeopardy!" Alex Trebek attends a press conference to discuss the upcoming Man V. Machine "Jeopardy!" competition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on January 13, 2011 in Yorktown Heights, New York. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
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What nation’s participants are currently not allowed to apply to play in the popular U.S. game show Jeopardy?

The answer: What is Canada?

Media outlets in Canada were quick to pounce on the news that the well-known game show has opted to not allow Canadians to play as contestants. They pointed to a simple statement that could be found on Jeopardy‘s website: “At this time we are precluded from accepting registration information from Canadian residents. We are currently evaluating this matter.” No reason was listed for the change.

In an ironic twist, Canadian media and Twitter users were quick to point out that the show’s host, Alex Trebek, is a Canadian American.

Meanwhile, some Twitter users took the news in stride.

Jeopardy remains a very popular television show among syndicated network TV. It ranks fourth, behind Judge Judy, Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud.