Social Media went berserk when fans of the popular quiz show ‘Jeopardy!’ went on a rampage disagreeing on the decision made by the judges of the show to penalize 12 year old Thomas Hurley III on the basis of a slight spelling error which in turn caused him to loose out on $3000. The boy had answered correctly the final Jeopardy! question but misspelled the word ‘Emancipation’ adding an extra ‘t’.
Host Alex Trebek proclaimed it a bad spelling and stated that the judges had ruled against the 8th grader. In turn massive uproar was received in social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The boy’s father Thomas Hurley II could not hold his disappointment and went ahead to report to CNN how badly the producers treated his son, “They were kind of smug,” stated the father, “It’s a kid tournament! Everyone knew what he meant.” Thomas Hurley II went on ahead to report how his son was distraught by the whole event occurrences.
On reached for comments the producers were quick to justify their decision stating that the show had the mandate to be fair and consistent in the treatment of all their young players, “If Jeopardy! were to give incorrect response (however minor), then the show would effectively penalize the other players.” stated one of the producers.
However, the producers explanation was not considered fair and fans of the show turned a deaf ear (or is it an eye), as they went on the sites to give both the producers and Alex Trebek a piece of their mind. In addition, it was crystal clear that the show had not efficiently alerted their fans on the rules pertaining to the show which is why they were brutally attacked in the sites.
Although being placed second, the 12 year old could still have maintained that position even if he was awarded the $3000 since the first position lies with a fellow contestant Skyler Hornback who took home $66000 and all time kid’s record.