Kids Jeopardy Contestant: Robbed By Producers Over Spelling Error!

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Kids Jeopardy contestant Thomas Hurley III was robbed last week by a barely-noticeable spelling error on Final Jeopardy - and he's not happy about it.

The 12-year-old misspelled the correct "Emancipation Proclamation" during the episode-ending round, and it did not count, outraging many viewers.

NOTE: Winner Skyler Hornback bet big and got the answer right, so even with the right spelling, Hurley wouldn't have walked away with the first prize.

Still he tells the Danbury (Conn.) News-Times, "I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final 'Jeopardy!' question. It was just a spelling error."

The Final Jeopardy question, phrased in the form of an answer: "Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, 'a fit and necessary war measure.'"

Hurley included an extra "t" and his response was deemed invalid.

"It generated a little bit of controversy," Hurley's mom Suzanne admitted. "He was a little stunned by it. He felt embarrassed. It was hard to watch."

The paper said the show lost Hurley as a fan, though he was proud to get a chance to go to California and play, winning a $2,000 consolation prize.

His family and friends are "proud of me," he said, but added, "It's just upsetting to have lost that way. I don't know why it would have counted as the wrong answer."

Producers told THR via email: "If 'Jeopardy!' were to give credit for an incorrect response (however minor), the show would effectively penalize the other players."

The show added, "We love presenting young people as contestants on our show and make every effort to be fair and consistent in their treatment."

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I dont understand the problem with this. It seems to me like he was trying to remember exactly what the answer was and got it wrong. Emancipation isnt a hard word to spell. Especially for a twelve yr old thats on jeopardy for obviously being smart for his age. It would have been unfair to the other contestants to give him credit for the wrong answer.

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rules must apply. it is the condescending attitude of alex ttrebek
that annoys me.

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the rules are the rules but the condescending attitude of alex trebek is a definite detraction from jeopardy. did i spell everything correctly?
i

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This is garbage! Since when was spelling made a requirement in Final Jeopardy? It wasn't for a very long time in the show's run for the decades I've seen it in the past. In fact I recall several past instances where incorrectly spelled answers were accepted, where Alex himself pointed out it wasn't a requirement. This kid got robbed, even only in principle.

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most american tv producers are just poor citizens.

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Oops that should have said if the misspelling does not changevthe pronunciation, then it's right. Sorry.

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The rules are that if your misspelling changes the pronunciation of the word, then it's wrong. If you misspell it without changing the pronunciation, then it's right. They made the right call. I know he is a kid, but he is being a baby.

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The rules are that if your misspelling changes the pronunciation of the word, then it's wrong. If you misspell it without changing the pronunciation, then it's wrong. They made the right call. I know he is a kid, but he is being a baby.

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No one has commented. If you listen alex says you put a "p" in there. He doesnt even know how to spell it. Thomas put a "t" in it.

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Jeopardy is right. Spelling is important and Skyler needs to suck it up and not whine about it.