‘Jeopardy!’ fans slam show for inconsistent spelling rule


“Jeopardy!” fans aren’t happy with the iconic game show’s latest controversy.

Viewers are calling out the program for allegedly being inconsistent with its rules.

The July 18 episode pushed the clarity of the rules to the forefront when contestant Erica Weiner-Amachi wrote down an answer that some people thought to be indecipherable.

The Philadelphia native scribed her answer as “Waiting for Godot.”

Host Ken Jennings went on to accept the statement as the right answer.

Following the moment, fans looked back on the June 22 episode when player Sadie Goldberger’s answer was deemed as false after producers thought her penmanship was illegible.

“Jeopardy!” contestant Erica Weiner-Amachi wrote down an answer that some people thought to be indecipherable.
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Following the moment, fans looked back on the June 22 episode when player Sadie Goldberger’s answer was deemed as false after producers thought her penmanship was illegible.
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One user on Twitter posted a side-by-side photo of the two contestants, writing, “#Jeopardy this didn’t count, but then this one did??”

Goldberger’s answer was: “Who is Harriet Tubman?”

“Apparently according to #Jeopardy producers, one of theses [sic] says ‘Waiting for Godot’ while the other does NOT say ‘Harriet Tubman.’ #MakeItMakeSense,” another viewer chimed in.

The official “Jeopardy!” website states that written answers to the Final Jeopardy! clue don’t have to be spelled the right way in order to win, “but they must be phonetically correct and not add or subtract any extraneous sounds or syllables.”

One person suggested the show goes digital in the future. “I don’t quite get why contestants don’t have keypads for Final Jeopardy. It’s 2022,” they wrote.

“I don’t get it either…jeopardy is pretty f–king inconsistent with their rulings..that should not have been accepted..hell..the 2nd word isn’t even that legible,” someone lamented.

“If I had to pick, the Harriet Tubman was worse. Looks like Tubnuy, while the Godot error seems more that she should have crossed her T to make sure it looked like one,” a fan penned. “In either case, PLAYERS SHOULD NOT USE CURSIVE.”

Jennings has been hosting the latest episodes of “Jeopardy!” and is filling in for previous host Mayim Bialik.
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Fans of the long-running trivia show also went wild over Jennings, 48, who made a crude joke on air during the July 18 episode.

During a Double Jeopardy round, a clue for “Active Bible Verses” read: “Since no one had done this for 40 years, God told Joshua to get a knife & do this to male Israelites.”

Weiner-Amanchi then buzzed in and said: “What is circumcise?” Jennings then proceeded to quip, “That is correct. A painful $2,000 for you!”

Contestants looked visibly shocked and cringed at his snafu.