Jeopardy Emancipation

August 5, 2013 by  

Jeopardy Emancipation, A ruling during Kids Week on the popular game show Jeopardy! has one contestant and many fans of the program upset over what they believe to be an unfair ruling? The cause of the controversy? A lone, errant “t.”
Thomas Hurley III was in second place on Wednesday leading up to the Final Jeopardy question, “Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, ‘a fit and necessary war measure.'” Wagering $3000 of his $9600 on his answer, Hurley originally thought that he had answered correctly with “What is the Emanciptation Proclamation.”

The only problem with that answer, of course, is that there is no “t” after the “p” in emancipation. The show’s Alex Trebek said he had no choice but to dock the eigth-grader the $3000 he had wagered on the answer.

“I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final ‘Jeopardy!’ question,” he told The News-Times of Danbury. “It was just a spelling error.”

Fans of the show immediately took to social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook to voice their displeasure over the ruling. Though many of their fans were upset by the decision, so far the makers of Jeopardy! have stood by their decision.

“If ‘Jeopardy!’ were to give credit for an incorrect response (however minor), the show would effectively penalize the other players,” said the show’s producers. “We love presenting young people as contestants on our show and make every effort to be fair and consistent in their treatment.”

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