‘Jeopardy!’ contestants apologize after guessing Diana Ross was 95 years old

LOS ANGELES — The final question on the episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired Monday stumped two contestants, who incorrectly guessed said that singer Diana Ross was 95 years old.

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The question, under the category “Singers,” was: “In 2021 at age 95, this singer achieved a Guinness World Record for the oldest person to release an album of new material.” In a video of the segment posted to YouTube, contestant Margaret Chipowsky offers the correct answer, Tony Bennett, while the other two competitors guessed Ross.

Tony Bennett himself took the responses in stride, posting a screengrab of the question to Twitter with his response, “Who is…?”

Karen Johnson, who had been leading the game prior to “Final Jeopardy!,” offered an apology to the singer on Twitter. She posted, “Deepest apologies to the iconic Diana Ross! I didn’t really think you were the answer, but was running out of time and had to put something!”

Finn Corrigan, who also guessed Ross, replied to Johnson’s tweet saying, “Me too! I knew she was not nearly that old but better to write something than nothing. Just glad we’re in this together hahahaha.”

Diana Ross turns 78 on Saturday, March 26.

Jeopardy fans were quick to post their shock at the wrong answers online, with one fan saying, “Last week a Jeopardy contestant thought Aretha Franklin was in the Supremes. Tonight, two out of three contestants though Diana Ross was the answer to: In 2021, what 95-year-old singer released an album of new material? These are surely signs of the apocalypse.”

Diana Ross has not commented on the errors.