Kelly Donohue, a contestant on “Jeopardy!” who faced backlash this week after making a hand gesture widely associated with the white power movement, has broken his silence on the situation, publicly condemning white supremacy and racism. His statement comes just one day after more than 500 former “Jeopardy!” contestants wrote an open letter asking the game show to publicly disavow Donohue.
At the beginning of his third appearance on the show, two-time champ Kelly Donohue made an “Ok” sign with his hand, touching his forefinger to his thumb, and holding it to his chest. In recent years, the same gesture has been co-opted by hate groups, particularly white supremacists. The Anti-Defamation League officially classified the gesture as a symbol of hate in 2019.
The gesture sparked wide debate on social media as former contestants decried the