On Monday night's Jeopardy!, viewers witnessed the unthinkable.

None of the contestants had a clue as to who Tom Hanks was.

Host Alex Trebek read the clue for the $200 question under the “Biopics" category.

“In 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,' beloved children's show host Mr. Rogers is played by this beloved actor."

Sadly, the visual clip accompanying the clue of Tom Hanks playing Mister Rogers from the anticipated biopic did little to warrant a buzz from contestants Kevin Jones, Beverly Randez and Andrew Thomson.

An awkward silence filled the air as the stoic faces from the clueless contestants were frozen for what seemed like an eternity.

How could anyone not recognize Tom Hanks, the avuncular Oscar winner known for such iconic films as Saving Private Ryan (1998), Sleepless In Seattle (1993) and A League of Their own (1992)?

You could hear jaws hitting the floor across the country.

To put it in perspective, this user commented on the magnitude of failing to recognize the beloved celebrity, who is also known for lending his voice to an extremely popular animated franchise.

Randez appeared to have Hanks' name on the tip of her tongue but failed to buzz in before the allotted time expired.

Trebek enlightened the contestants with the correct response.

"The film opens Friday. That's Tom Hanks. Not quickly enough, Beverly."

Even Trebeks' expression conveyed what most of us were feeling.

The genius of Hanks's performance as Mister Rogers was solidified.

It is safe to say that Tom Hanks is a pop culture icon with a recognizable face that is easy to love.

So what went wrong?

Fortunately for the stumped contestants, Andy Saunders—who runs the Jeopardy! blog fan site, The Jeopardy! Fancame to their rescue with an explanation suggesting that what played out for home viewers likely wasn't what it seemed.

Saunders, who chronicles each episode's play by play, wrote:

“Before anyone accuses the three players of not knowing Tom Hanks (the BIOPICS $200 clue), it has been reported by audience members from this game that the lights on the signaling system malfunctioned (failed to activate properly) and the contestants were unable to buzz in."
“Since the judges determined that no one player was advantaged or disadvantaged, it was ruled as "no harm, no foul", and the game would continue without a clue replacement."

Over on the Jeopardy! subReddit, user jmt613 also vouched for the contestants, saying:

"The lights that flash after Alex reads the clue malfunctioned, so contestants weren't able to buzz in."
“The game was paused, and the judges eventually determined that since no players were penalized by the error, they would continue on with the game."

Not to mention, it can be a challenge focusing on the distant grid of screens.

While the explanations make perfect sense, the moment of confusion made for good television as it shocked viewers.

We're hoping that without the technical malfunction, the contestants were savvy enough to know the actor whose films domestically grossed $4.9 billion at the box office, including in Canada.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is about how a journalist's life is enhanced after taking on an assignment to interview Fred Rogers and is based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and Rogers.

Rogers delighted generations of American children through his half-hour education series, called Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, by addressing his viewers about various topics through the interaction of friends and puppets.

You can watch the trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks, below.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Official Trailer (HD) youtu.be

Perhaps the Academy might recognize Hanks's portrayal with his third Best Actor Oscar after previously winning for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is directed by Marielle Heller and will be released in theaters on November 22.

Hanks is well known for his acting, but he's also an author. His book of short stories, Uncommon Type, is available here.

left: Noam Galai / Stringer / Getty Images
right: @amyschumer / Instagram

In true Amy Schumer fashion, she is showing her appreciation for her personal trainer by sending her a 'Cease and Desist' letter.

Schumer collaborated with her attorney, admittedly wasting valuable resources, to create the trolling document that, in a weird way, was really meant as a thank you note.

Keep reading... Show less
left: @BrandonDavisBD / Twitter
right: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

During a Star Wars panel, Director J.J. Abrams was talking about the production of the latest film, The Rise of Skywalker.

When he mentioned they had extra footage that allowed including a posthumous Carrie Fisher, the lights blinked off and back on, bringing a certain surreal factor to the panel.

Keep reading... Show less
National Archives; Disney+

Some people have a reputation of ruining everything they touch.

One of those people is Texas Senator Rafael "Ted" Cruz.

So what has Ted touched now?

Keep reading... Show less
@PoliticsJOE_UK / Twitter

In the midst of Trump's visit to the UK, new developments regarding Brexit, and more questions about the direction National Health Service (NHS) is going in, it seemed the perfect time to talk about healthcare in the United States.

British-local news website JOE took to the streets to talk to locals about the costs of healthcare in the United States, and needless to say, the interviewees were shocked.

Keep reading... Show less
gambino_911 / Instagram

Cat videos are a large part of what makes the internet what it is today, and the cat video that went viral this week on Instagram and TikTok is no exception to that rule.

In the video, we are greeted with a cat's thick Southern accent, and the internet can't get enough.

Keep reading... Show less
WFLA News Channel 8/YouTube

A Florida father abandoned his son on the side of a road with no food, water or cellphone after suspecting he might be gay.

Evenaud Julmeus, 30, faces three counts of negligent child abuse for leaving his son on a highway.

Keep reading... Show less