Jeopardy Misspelling Causes “Uproar” – Eighth-Grader feels “Cheated” [VIDEO]
Hey kid, suck it up. Even if the judges had allowed your answer you still finished second.
Thomas Hurley correctly answered, but misspelled, the Final Jeopardy question about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. He 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," Hurley told his hometown newspaper . "It was just a spelling error."
Thomas Hurley won $2,000 as the runner-up.
In an email, producers of Jeopardy! defended Trebek's decision.
"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."
Many viewers vented their anger at "Jeopardy!" and Trebek on the game show's Facebook page.