“Danger!” has become one of the longest-running game shows on television, and for good reason. With quick questions, huge cash prizes and legions of die-hard fans, the stakes are high. Longtime host of the show, Alex Trebek, looked back on the success of “Jeopardy!” to Vulture before his death. He shared, “In this day and age, when there’s so much societal tension, game shows are valuable because they’re enjoyable.”
Despite that sweet sentiment “Jeopardy!” has not gone without its share of controversy and conflict. Hosts have been known to be strict about pronunciation, with the New York Post reporting a debate over a candidate’s transmission of the word “palliative.”
Loud “Danger!” website, participants can correct themselves, but they have to be quick. If the host has started making a decision, you are too late. In the Ken Jennings era of Jeopardy!, however, fans find the rules a little less clear.
Ken Jennings gave a contestant a second try
Who would have thought that an idyllic landscape could attract so much attention? In a recent episode of Jeopardy!, a contestant botched the name of a painted Briton. “Who is constant?” Luigi de Guzman tried. Ken Jennings, in an unprecedented move, prompted de Guzman to correct himself: “Say it again.” Realizing his mistake, the player apologized and said, “Sorry, who’s Constable?” His answer was accepted.
Retyping an answer was controversial enough. Later in the game, however, Jennings seemed to reverse his stance on fixes. When entering an answer, Harriet Wagner said, “Who is Angela LeGuin — sorry, Ursula LeGuin.” Jennings did not accept this answer, saying, “I had already started ruling against you when you corrected yourself.”
In the end, only $700 separated third place from first. The corrected “constable” answer earned de Guzman $1,000 and won him the game, per People. Needless to say, fans were outraged. “Harriet Wagner got robbed,” one tweeted. Others noted a potential gender bias: “Why did Ken Jennings let one contestant (male) change an incorrect answer but ruled against another (female)?” This is Jennings’ first season as the new host of Jeopardy! and he seems to have gotten off to a rocky start.