JEOPARDY! host Mayim Bialik has accepted another answer featuring a misspelling after fans accused the game show of having inconsistent rules.
The show has been surrounded by controversy lately due to a few head-turning Final Jeopardy! rounds.
On Friday’s episode, one-day champion David Bzdak returned to defend his title, however, he found himself in last place heading into Final Jeopardy!
Mayim, 46, asked this question: “Mont Bellevue De L’inini is in the highest point in this European possession largely covered by the Amazon rainforest.”
First up was David with his guess as his board showed numerous crossed out answers before he settled on “French Guyana.”
Mayim- who is sharing hosting duties with Ken Jennings– revealed he was correct as David added another $3,801 to his winnings to end up with a total of $10,401.
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Fellow contestant Eleanor Dixon would end up beating out David with her winnings of $20,818.
Despite a new champion being crowned, some viewers were more focused on another answer being accepted despite its spelling error.
One eagle-eyed fan said: “David misspelled ‘Guiana’ in French Guiana, by replacing the ”I’ with a ‘Y.’
“Guyana is a separate South American country located due west of Suriname which is located due west of French Guiana.”
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Another person responded to the user: “I love when people know their geography.
“Not many people know this… growing up in the Caribbean, we were taught this difference in spelling.”
One viewer blamed Mayim for the mishap and chimed in: “… She just doesn’t prepare. It’s evident in every episode.”
All this comes just a few weeks after viewers claimed contestant Sadie Goldberger was robbed of a win after having the correct answer but not writing it out in full.
Mayim told Sadie: “… It looks like you were going for ‘Harriet Tubman’ but you did not finish, so unfortunately that is not going to be acceptable.”
Sadie nodded in agreement, but seemed to look disappointed in the results.
She ended up wagering $7,500, which would have given her a grand total of 17,300 if her answer was accepted and would have beaten the champ at the time Megan Wachspress.
“Sadie was flat-out jobbed out of a win. I read it right away on the reveal as Harriet Tubman,” one angry fan wrote at the time.
“They’ve counted Final Jeopardy! responses with worse handwriting than that.”
Another said: “They’ve given credit for worse handwriting than that… I don’t see how they can judge that as incorrect so quickly.”
While one reacted: “She got robbed.
“Megan has to be one of the flukiest multiple day champions ever,” another said, as one chimed in, “She doesn’t deserve this win…”
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Megan would eventually clap back at her critics and tweet: “It’s probably inappropriate for me to say anything about the judges’ call in FJ yesterday (you can see my immediate reaction on the tape).
“But will say I’d love to see Sadie compete again (if she wants to!).
“She is a formidable and gracious player with impressive knowledge.”
Fans, however, have continued to call out the game show and have even shared “proof” that not-fully written out answers have been accepted in the past.
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On an online thread, a Jeopardy! fan posted a screen grab of a contestant who appeared to answer a question with: “Who is John Denve,” leaving the “r” off John Denver- a reply that was deemed correct.
Amid all the chaos some viewers are begging former champ Ken to be named permanent host over the Call Me Kat actress.