Is Alex Trebek taking Jeopardy a little too seriously?
Last week was Teen Week on the popular game show, and there’s a bit of a furor over an episode in which 8th grader Thomas Hurley misspelled a word in final Jeopardy; ultimately, he didn’t get credit for his answer.
The correct response was “Emancipation Proclamation”; Hurley spelled it “Emanciptation Proclamation.” Okay, yes, I get that rules are rules and all of that, but the boy’s in the eighth grade and was unquestionably nervous.
But here’s my main concern: Alex doesn’t know how to spell the word either, because he told Hurley that inserting a “p” into the word made it wrong. Hmm. . .no. . . .it was the “t” that made it incorrect. So, to be fair, if the host can’t spell it, how can he penalize Thomas?