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Mrs. White Will Be Gone From the Clue Board, Replaced With a 'Dr. Orchid'

Changes are coming to a Clue board near you: Mrs. White, the ruffled-cap-wearing cook with potentially devious motives—or, if you prefer, Madeline Kahn—is being replaced with Dr. Orchid, a biologist with all the right skills to kill a man.

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That’s according to Mental Floss. They report that Dr. Orchid, adopted daughter to Samuel Black (the owner of game setting Tudor Mansion) is “a biologist with a PhD in plant toxicology, privately schooled in Switzerland until her expulsion following a near-fatal daffodil poisoning incident,” according to Hasbro. “She was then home-schooled by the very woman she would go on to replace, the late housekeeper, Mrs. White.”

Said Hasbro Gaming SVP of global marketing Jonathan Berkowitz:

“It was a difficult decision to say goodbye to Mrs. White—but after 70 years of suspicious activity, we decided that one of the characters had to go.... Dr. Orchid is a brilliant new character with a rich backstory and links to the Black fortune. We’re sure families around the world will continue to create thrilling murder mysteries with all six suspects inside of the iconic Tudor Mansion. ”

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So who killed Mrs. White?

Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

I’m embarrassed to say that when I saw the title of the article my first thought was “Why replace her with a man?” Stupid subconscious ingrained prejudices.