Jeopardy! fans slam Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings over ‘failing to enforce rules’ and point out glaring inconsistency

Jeopardy! fans slam Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings over ‘failing to enforce rules’ and point out glaring inconsistency

JEOPARDY! fans have slammed Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings over “failing to enforce the rules.”

They pointed out a glaring inconsistency with two recent decisions.

Jeopardy fans have slammed Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings
Jeopardy fans have slammed Mayim Bialik and Ken JenningsCredit: ABC
Mayim didn't accept a player's 'Harriet Tubman' while Ken took a similarly scribbled 'Waiting for Godot' on Monday
Mayim didn’t accept a player’s ‘Harriet Tubman’ while Ken took a similarly scribbled ‘Waiting for Godot’ on MondayCredit: ABC/Twitter

Ken, 48, is back hosting Jeopardy! this week after Mayim, 47, hosted for the past eight weeks.

The permanent hosting slot between them is still unannounced with Season 38 ending on July 31st, 2022.

But comparing two recent rulings between them has made fans question the clarity of the game.

During July 18th episodeKen’s first since his long hiatus – contestant Erica Weiner-Amachi wrote down a response that some viewers thought to be illegible.

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Host Ken read the clue, “Asked to design a new set for a re-staging of this 1952 play, Alberto Giacometti came up with one scraggly plaster tree.” 

The Philadelphia native scribbled what appeared to be the desired answer: “Waiting for Godot.”

Ken went on to accept the statement as correct.

However, fans instantly recalled a controversial June 22 episode that Mayim hosted.

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During that game, Sadie Goldberger lost in Final Jeopardy because her response of “Harriet Tubman” was deemed as false after judges thought her penmanship was illegible.

WHAT IS: INCONSISTENT?

“#jeopardy this didn’t count, but then this one did??” one fan wrote of hundreds after Monday’s episode aired.

Another tweeted, “I don’t get it either…Jeopardy is pretty inconsistent with their rulings. That should not have been accepted..hell..the 2nd word isn’t even that legible!”

The official “Jeopardy!” website states that written responses to the Final Jeopardy! clue don’t have to be spelled correctly in order to win, “but they must be phonetically correct and not add or subtract any extraneous sounds or syllables.”

A third tweeted, “I’m trying to figure out their assessments too.”

While a fourth accused, “The other major difference on these rulings is who was hosting at the time.”

A fifth wondered, “I don’t quite get why contestants don’t have keypads for Final Jeopardy. It’s 2022.”

HANDWRITING HAVOK

Both responses took place during Final Jeopardy, where players have 30 seconds to handwrite one last response and try to win the game.

When the earlier player Sadie was shockingly ruled incorrect for her script penmanship, Mayim Said:

“It looks like you were going for ‘Harriet Tubman’ but you did not finish, so unfortunately that is not going to be acceptable.”

Sadie sadly nodded in agreement, but ended up wagering enough to have beaten the current champ.

Hundreds of fans were furious and even then-winner Megan admitted it looked like Sadie’s answer was fair and legible.

The player who won tweeted: “It’s probably inappropriate for me to say anything about the judges’ call in FJ yesterday. But will say I’d love to see Sadie compete again (if she wants to!).”

When Erica appeared to jot down “Waiting for Godot” this week, Ken said: “She was writing very late, and she got to the end of the word!”

His acceptance of her handwriting led to a rare tie-breaker round that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

Some fans even accused that this was purposeful to lead to the exciting extra-innings showdown that took place as a result, even if Erica also lost eventually.

“EXACTLY. good thing the tiebreaker clue restored order” one wrote with a devil emoji.

“I’m sorry but it has to be said… how is [one[ considered complete and good for a tie-breaker, when the one for Sadie would have had her in the lead…”

“I think that Harriett Tubman is FAR more legible than whatever Erica has written!” another accused.

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Ken and Mayim began filling in for the legendary Alex Trebek after his tragic 2020 passing and a fleet of Season 37 celebrity guest hosts, including now-disgraced Mike Richards.

Jeopardy! airs on weeknights at 7 pm ET.

Jeopardy! fans were stunned this response going for 'Waiting for Godot' was accepted by Ken Jennings
Jeopardy! fans were stunned this response going for ‘Waiting for Godot’ was accepted by Ken JenningsCredit: ABC
But last month, Sadie's 'Who is: Harriet Tubman' was not accepted by Mayim Bialik, and she lost as a result
But last month, Sadie’s ‘Who is: Harriet Tubman’ was not accepted by Mayim Bialik, and she lost as a resultCredit: ABC
Fans are furious at both hosts for being inconsistent with deciding when to accept the most important final answer
Fans are furious at both hosts for being inconsistent with deciding when to accept the most important final answerCredit: ABC

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