Priest Competed on ‘Jeopardy! The Reason He Didn’t Wear his Clerical Collar to His First Three Games


As America’s favorite game show, Jeopardy! All walks of life are attracted to the show. In fact, a contestant’s occupation caused a bit of a stir late last month. Here’s why David Sibley, an Episcopalian Priest, didn’t wear his clerical collar for the majority of his Jeopardy! run.

Priest wins four games in a row

David Sibley is an Episcopalian Priest from Walla Walla in Washington. He recently finished an impressive run. Jeopardy!. Sibley won for the fourth consecutive game. That means his name is officially in the pool for season 39’s Tournament of Champions, and fans could very likely see him return to the show once again. Sibley attracted a lot of attention for something other than his gameplay.

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Sibley, a priest, chose to not wear his clerical collar during the first three games. The choice was immediately noticed by fans online. Jeopardy! Fans who are devoted to Christianity will be curious as to why Sibley went on national TV without fully embodying his holy occupation.

Sibley did not wear his collar in his fourth game, so any suspicions that Sibley was being prevented from wearing it were quickly dispelled. Some were critical of this choice. Sibley explained that he chose to compete without it at first.

‘I’m A Regular Guy, Too’

In a post Made on the Jeopardy! SubredditSibley provided some insight into his decision. “I was well aware that being an Episcopal Priest on national TV could be really traumatizing and triggering to people who have had horrific experiences with the church, and so I made the decision that unless asked by the producers, I wanted to wear normal clothes,”Sibley wrote.

Sibley said that he not only wanted everyone to be comfortable but also that he wanted to display his personality and not just the religious. “I wanted people to realize that I’m a regular guy, too—not holier than thou, but hopefully relatable. While I hate being Tigger-like in moving around the screen, I think most people can guess I was nervous. I hope people could see when I was laughing at a dumb mistake (or cringing), and that, you know, I’m just a guy who likes Jeopardy like the rest of us,”The clergyman made the observation. Sibley offered a fitting reply on Twitter to the critics.

“Hey church twitter folks—personal request. Let the collar discourse go, no matter your opinion. Life goes on,”The post was read. “The more it continues, the less we can be the joyful goofy people we are at our best.”Fortunately, Jeopardy! fans, we’ll hopefully get to see more of Sibley’s energetic performance and sweet demeanor in this season’s tournament.

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