What Is Confusing?: ‘Jeopardy!’ Judges Leave Viewers Questioning Game Show
“Jeopardy!” viewers are criticizing the show for its judgment of written answers in recent episodes.
The game show’s viewers called out judges on Monday for what they viewed as an unfair application of rules, Parade reported.
One viewer pointed out that judges didn’t accept contestant Sadie Goldberger’s written answer from a June episode ― an attempt at “Harriet Tubman” ― but on Monday’s episode accepted contestant Erica Weiner-Amachi′s written attempt at “Waiting for Godot.”
Goldberger ended up losing her game to fellow contestant Megan Wachspress.
Weiner-Amachi’s correct answer led to a tiebreaker question with fellow contestant William Chou, but eventually she lost to Chou.
You can see the two answers compared to each other below.
One of the rules of “Jeopardy!,” as its website explains, is that written answers don’t need correct spelling, although they “must be phonetically correct and not add or subtract any extraneous sounds or syllables.”
“If it’s misspelled, it will come down to a judgment call, but the closer you can get it, the better chance for a thumbs-up from the judges,” the game show’s website states.
“Knowing the rules before jumping in is always a good idea. However, the judges get to make the final call in situations like these.”
Viewers weighed in on the comparison, and some claimed they never would have been able to read Weiner-Amachi’s writing.
The game show’s spelling rule has led to fan debate in the past.
An episode from September 2020 featured a question about music producer Berry Gordy, UpRoxx reported.
One contestant, as a written response, wrote “Barry Gordy” and judges ruled her response incorrect.
“I have no words. That judges’ ruling in Final Jeopardy tonight is completely inconsistent with past practice. Good luck handling the flames tonight, @Jeopardy, you’re going to need it,” wrote @_thejeopardyfan after the episode.
Other viewers referenced incorrect spellings in prior episodes, as well, to go to bat for the misspelled “Barry” answer.