Jeopardy! Contestant Confuses Iggy Azalea With Azealia Banks, Apologizes Directly to One of Them—Watch!

We'll take "Celebs Who Don't Like Each Other, With Similar Names" for a thousand, Alex

By Corinne Heller Jan 22, 2015 5:33 PMTags
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We'll take "Celebs Who Don't Like Each Other, With Similar Names" for a thousand, Alex.

On a recent episode of Jeopardy, contestant Nicholas Berube , a two-time champion and Massachusetts-based architectural designer originally from State College, Pennsylvania, confused Iggy Azalea with fellow rapper Azalea Banks, a common mistake among those who aren't fans of either. And coincidentally, the two are not the biggest fans of each another, to say the least.

The query, worth $1,600, was, "This Australian hip-hopper used the pet name / street name system to come up with her rap name."

None of the contestants got the answer correct. After naming Banks, host Alex Trebek looked to the other contestants, a man and a woman, who had no response.

"That was Iggy Azalea," he said.

Azalea, known for the chart-topping hit "Fancy," was born in Australia as Amethyst Amelia Kelly  and forged her rap career in Atlanta, with the help of mentor T.I. "Iggy" is a tribute to her dog, who was named after rocker Iggy Pop, and "Azalea" is the name of the street where her parents live. Banks is from New York and uses her real name as her artist name.

 Azalea and Banks have not commented. The two have in recent months exchanged nasty words on Twitter. In December, Banks called her a "clueless white girl," while Azalea dubbed the former a "MISERABLE, angry human being."

Berube, who had won $19,600 in previous episodes and finished the first two rounds in the lead with $12,000, ended up losing in "Final Jeopardy." After the episode aired on Tuesday, he created a Twitter account and reached out to Banks to apologize.

"Hey @AZEALIABANKS - I'm the guy on Jeopardy who mixed you up with Iggy Azalea," he said. "I apologize. I actually think you're awesome."

He later tweeted, "Very new w twitter but I'm Nicholas from #jeopardy, and I wanted to apologize for mixing up Iggy and @AZEALIABANKS / messing up the internet."

Berube said he got on Twitter "specifically to apologize" for the name mix-up, adding, "I knew that was going to cause a stir immediately."

"I mean I might be a dorky white dude, but I do know there's a difference btw Iggy and Azealea- had to correct the record!" he added.