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.
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.
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.”
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.
Jeopardy! airs on weeknights at 7 pm ET.