The internet was thrilled last week by the victory of adorable 7th grader Skyler Hornback—the all-time winner on Jeopardy's "KId's Week." HOWEVER! The internet was less thrilled by Jeopardy's treatment of kid contender Thomas Hurley III, who, because of poor spelling, had victory snatched from his grasp. Here are the deets:
As the final buzzer sounded, the 12-year-old penned his answer for the "Famous Documents'' question about the 1863 document Abraham Lincoln said was a "fit and necessary war measure.''
The correct answer: Emancipation Proclamation.
The studio and viewing audience saw that, despite the scrawl of an extra "t'' in Emancipation, the 12-year-old had the correct answer.
Even game show host Alex Trebek read it correctly at first, but then swiftly disqualified the boy's answer, saying he so "badly misspelled" the word it would cost him the $3,000 bet he placed on the answer.
Hurley lowered his head in defeat upon Trebek's pronouncement. Trebek then praised winner Skyler Hornback for his answer, which he noted was spelled correctly.
Today Hurley fired back at the show, claiming he was "cheated."
"I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final `Jeopardy!' question. It was just a spelling error."
WAS HURLEY CHEATED? Or should he shut his stupid cry-baby mouth and accept responsibility for his loss because he's such a lousy speller? LET'S GO TO THE POLL!
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