“Jeopardy!” may have cheated a contestant out of a correct answer.
During a Final Jeopardy last week, the contestants had to identify Motown producer BERRY GORDY. A contestant named Betsy wrote “BARRY” Gordy, with an “A” instead of an “E”. And she got it WRONG.
Betsy had no chance of winning, but fans are still upset, because there are plenty of instances in the show’s history where a contestant spelled their answer wrong, but it still counted, because the pronunciation was the same.
Like when a woman spelled actor Yul Brenner’s name as “Yule” with an “E” at the end. Or contestants spelled Wile E. Coyote’s name as “Wiley Coyote.”
The game rules even state that misspelling is okay, as long as the answer is “phonetically correct.” And “Barry” and “Berry” clearly are.
But in this case, “Jeopardy!” claims they’re two different names, and thus the contestant added “incorrect information” to her answer.