Was Connecticut ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Thomas Hurley III Cheated or Is He a Sore Loser? [POLL]
A Connecticut eighth-grader is upset because he was the runner-up in ‘Jeopardy!’ after misspelling the correct answer to a final ‘Jeopardy!’ question.
According to ABC 6 News, Thomas Hurley III correctly answered the Final ‘Jeopardy’ question about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. But Thomas spelled it “emanciptation” and was ruled out by host Alex Trebek.
“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.”
But the producers of the show defended their decision in an email:
“If ‘Jeopardy!’ were to give credit for an incorrect response (however minor), the show would effectively penalize the other players,” they said. “We love presenting young people as contestants on our show and make every effort to be fair and consistent in their treatment.”
Watch the news story regarding the controversy below.
But is there really a controversy or is this another situation where because the young contestant got ‘close’ he should just automatically get it right? Just like where every kids gets a trophy nowadays?
Take our poll below and let us know what you think.