A danger!” reference to theand the suicide of her then-fiancé and alleged killer Brian Laundrie has prompted backlash on social media Laundrie family are now demanding an apology from the game show.
The controversial tip aired during Sunday night’s episode of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” read, “In 2021, fugitive Brian Laundrie ended his days in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek area, home of these long and toothy creatures.” The answer: “What are alligators?”
Steven Bertolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family, told CBS News the family was “appalled” by the tip.
“The entire Laundrie family is appalled and agrees with all the comments on social media about how distasteful this was,” he said. “I think an apology is due.”
“That this tacky jeopardy question be asked only underscores the sensationalism that surrounded this tragedy and rubs salt on the wounds of a family who have been afforded no rights or privacy, even though the family themselves did nothing wrong,” added Bertolino .
An attorney for the Petito family told CBS News they had no comment.
Petito, 22, and Brian Laundrie were traveling across the United States together in the summer of 2021 when Petito went missing. Her body was found near a remote campground outside of Grand Teton National Park on September 19, 2021, just over a week after her family reported her missing. About a week before Petito’s remains were found, Brian Laundrie told his parents he was going hiking and then disappeared as well. He was eventually named as a person of interest in Petito’s death and was soon also charged with unauthorized use of a debit card. A little less than three weeks after returning home alone from his trip with Petito, Laundrie was found dead at a Florida wildlife sanctuary with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The FBI concluded that Laundrie was responsible for Petito’s death after finding a notebook near his remains in which he confessed to the murder.
“Danger!” Observers took to social media to express their displeasure at the notice.
“One of the worst answers tonight @Jeopardy. Brian Laundrie’s showed a complete lack of class and utter disrespect,” one user wrote on Twitter.
“What unbelievably bad taste,” another person tweeted.
Another Twitter account wrote: “Celebrity Jeopardy! lost it with that Brian Laundrie question.”
Petito’s family hasin connection with her death, including those against the Moab, Utah police who allege negligence and against who claimed he told them he killed Petito before going missing himself.