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Jeopardy! contestant Claire Sattler claims she suffered ‘trauma’ and ’emotional damage’ after first appearance on show

Jeopardy! contestant Claire Sattler claims she suffered ‘trauma’ and ’emotional damage’ after first appearance on show

JEOPARDY! contestant Claire Sattler has opened up about the dark side of winning big.

The 2018 Teen Tournament champ – back for Mayim Bialik’s current special – claimed cyberbullies “stalked” her and made horrific accusations at the time.

ABCMayim Bialik is hosting the 3-week-long High School Reunion Tournament[/caption]

Jeopardy!Return contestant Claire Sattler opened up about the disturbing backlash to winning in 2018[/caption]

She claimed cyberbullies ‘stalked’ her and accused her of ‘having sex with Alex Trebek’ on TikTokTikTok/ClaireSat

Mayim, 47, is now hosting the 14-episode High School Reunion Tournament featuring 27 former Teen Tournament contestants who first duked it out in 2018 and 2019.

The winner will get $100,000 and a slot in the 2023 Tournament of Champions – after which point Ken Jennings, 48, will return for another month.

Claire is now a senior at Yale University who is from Bonita Springs, Florida, and is competing in Monday’s quarter-finals episode.

Claire was 16 when she won the 2018 Teen Tournament, so she’s a front-runner as one of the two past winners the tournament has pulled from.


Claire revealed she received a heap of online scrutiny and gross messages after coming out on top at that time – leaving her with “emotional damage.”

Claire claimed some people even found her private social media accounts and others horrifically accused her of sexual activity with then-host Alex Trebek to win.

The video began with the text: “What was it like being on Teen Jeopardy?” as Claire held up a framed photo of her and the host, who passed away in November 2020.

“Stalkers. Nationwide cyberbullying,” she wrote, as she showed a screenshot of an email she received that said someone had started following her on Google+ account.

She continued: “Being accused of having [sex] with a 79-year-old man (as a 16-year-old) for the answers. Because you weren’t smart enough to win on your own apparently.”

A fourth image in the video more lightly showed the contestant on stage in the finals in dabbing poses and she joked over it: “this.”

Claire captioned the video with two party emojis and hashtags “#jeopardy #emotionaldamage #ripalextrebek #trauma and #anxiety.”


The video went viral in 2022 and was set under the Bastille song Pompeii mixed with audio of someone yelling: “Emotional damage.”

Jeopardy! fans flooded Claire’s intense post with support as one user wrote: I’m so sorry you went through all that.”

Another user wrote: “I was on Wheel of Fortune at 19 years old. I thought my trolls were bad.”

“My friend was on the show as a kid. His experience was different, likely because he is male. People really go after teen girls for petty s**t.” wrote a third.

“I hope the bullying has stopped,” someone else wrote. “That’s ridiculous.”

“So sorry this happened to you,” another TikTok user agreed. “I watched your original appearance and you were such a great player. F****n sucks that people treat you this way.”

“I loved you and Emma [Arnold]. you were both incredible,” wrote a fifth.

“The dabbing is the most traumatic,” one more joked lightening the mood.

“Was Alex as nice as I hoped?” one additional fan asked as Claire happily replied: “He was so funny and being on set was so awesome! the aftermath, not so much.”

When Claire was announced as competing once more today on Instagram, a fan commented: “Let’s go CLAIRE!!!”

She more recently revealed on her now-popular page she’s a theater major and aspiring comedian turning her tragic hate messages into something positive.

So far the semi-finalists of the new, ongoing tournament are Jackson Jones, 2019 Teen Tournament winner Avi Gupta, Brown freshman Justin Bolsen who became a fan-favorite with a bold Daily Double bet last Wednesday, and Maya Wright, a senior at Emory.

The semi-finals will begin later this week as the students are dismissed and until three remain for a two-day total point affair finals.

TikTok/ClaireSatClaire Sattler claimed her 2018 win resulted in ‘stalkers’ and ‘nationwide bullying’[/caption]

She claimed that random solicitors tried contacting her in the intense videoTikTok/ClaireSatJeopardy! / TikTokClaire claimed haters wildly ‘accused of having [sex] with a 79-year-old man for the answers’ – fans are thrilled she’s returning for Mayim Bialik’s tournament[/caption]

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