The family of the murderer Brian Laundrie demanded an apology from the celebrity version of “Jeopardy!” after the game show used a clue that referred to his death.
Laundrie’s remains were found in a Florida swamp during a police investigation into the death of his 22-year-old fiancée Gabby Petito during a cross-country road trip that they were documenting on social media in 2021. Police said he confessed to the murder of Petito in a message left in a notebook that was found near his remains.
The family of the murderer said they were “appalled” by the popular game show using the incident as fodder for one of its clues.
“In 2021, fugitive Brian Laundrie ended his days in Fla.’s Myakkahatchee Creek area, home to these long & toothy critters,” the clue read.
The answer sought was, “What are alligators?”
Many viewers of the show were offended by the clue and they took to social media to assail the show including it.
“What in the hell is wrong with you? Have you no soul? I can’t believe this question got past your lawyers,” read one tweet.
The attorney for the Laundrie family also chimed in with their response.
“The entire Laundrie family is appalled and concurs with all of the comments on social media on how distasteful this was. I believe an apology is due,” said attorney Steven Bertolino.
Many have criticized the actions of the Laundrie family after Petito was reported missing because Brian Laundrie drove back to their home and stayed there for many days without answering questions about her disappearance. He then walked away from the home and hiked into the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where his remains were later found by police.
Investigators said that the man likely committed suicide through the use of a gun found nearby.
Here’s more about the ‘Jeopardy!’ controversy:
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