The box office-smashing, Oscar-winning actor who has been famous for decades appeared in a clip from A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Alex Trebek prompted, "Beloved children's TV show host Mr. Rogers is played by this beloved actor."
Embarrassingly, none of the three contestants buzzed in to answer, "Who is Tom Hanks?"
One player hit the buzzer after time had run out, so in the end, it was Trebek who ended up having to reveal the answer.
Naturally, some people on the internet are outraged.
Some nerds, however, have pointed out that there was a technical difficulty in the TV studio — the light indicating that players could buzz in didn't light up.
Heads-up to anyone annoyed over the Tom Hanks Triple Stumper on #Jeopardy tonight:— The Jeopardy! Fan (@_thejeopardyfan) November 19, 2019
Audience members reported that the lights that tell contestants they're allowed to signal did not activate. Judges ruled "no harm, no foul" as nobody was advantaged or disadvantaged.
Others still have pointed out that the video clues are notoriously difficult to see on the board from the players' vantage point.
For contestants, video clues are on a 40" screen like, 75 fuckin' feet across the very large stage that you have to SQUINT at. If you didn't know he was going to be in the movie, it'd be pretty hard to confidently make it out from that screen. pic.twitter.com/wVL4I5CEkl— Chris Cardinal (@chriscardinal) November 19, 2019
Nevertheless, it's still hilarious to think that three people of Jeopardy!-level intelligence didn't know who Tom Hanks is.
See some of the best reactions to the Jeopardy! flub, as well as the clip itself, below.
This is the most fucked up thing I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/iavw5icJIJ— marshlands (@marshlands) November 19, 2019
tom hanks so transformed into his character that none of the contestants could see the man behind mr. rogers. truly a master of his craft.— faghorn leghorn (@fivepoisonskid) November 19, 2019
His face said it all pic.twitter.com/7eCxWBH8WS— "Nite Owl" Joe™ (@JoeTheNiteOwl) November 19, 2019
spending weeks memorizing the name of every river in south america and failing jeopardy because you forgot who buzz lightyear is— lil peep buttigieg (@brendanowicz) November 19, 2019
Is this why Tom Hanks hasn't gotten an Oscar nom in like two decades https://t.co/eJbPcP5jFX— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) November 19, 2019