Danger! criticized for ‘inconsistent’ rules after fans identify ‘evidence’ of show makers allowing spelling mistakes in the past
DANGER! fans are tearing up the show for being “inconsistent” after discovering “evidence” of looser rules in the past.
The drama comes after champion Megan Wachspress’ fourth win was called a fluke and fans claimed she “stole” contestant Sadie.
During the final Jeopardy, Megan emerged victorious over Sadie after presenter Mayim Bialik determined that while she was writing the correct answer, she wasn’t finished.
The win was controversial, with fans talking so much online that Megan finally made a statement of her own on Twitter.
The controversy continued online days after the fact, with fans noting several examples of similar situations in the past.
On Reddit, a user shared a screenshot of a previous Jeopardy answer that was partially written and accepted.
On Reddit, a danger! fan shared a screenshot of a contestant who appeared to answer a question with, “Who is John Denve”, leaving the “r” for John Denver.
The post drew a lot of comments from fans who were already at gunpoint about the situation.
One replied, “I commented on another thread, there is SOMETHING after the ‘V’ here, and the producers get a live view of what’s being written. It’s possible they saw her write the ‘e’ and ‘r’ of Denver, but the pen overlapped them. That’s the only assessment I can offer that would make this acceptable, in my opinion, under the usual rule that you need to have the full answer there.”
Another fan replied, “I can see Denver here” and then cited another accident.
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Amid the drama, Megan shocked fans by appearing online to share her perspective.
THE WINNER WEIGHTS IN
Over the weekend, Megan tweeted, “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 I will say that I would love to see Sadie compete again (if she wants to!).
“She is a formidable and graceful player with impressive knowledge.”
The winner added: “Also, it would be nice to hear more about your fascinating family history. #bringSadie”
One fan responded: “It was peculiar the way the game ended!”
Another said: “Thanks for your thoughtfulness @MegOnJeopardy. That takes guts and guts — suitability be damned.”
A third wrote: “It’s hard for both of you. Tough win/loss.”
Danger! the producers did not address the issue, however.
Ultimate danger! Clue: “Congratulating her on the release of her biography in 1869, Frederick Douglass wrote, ‘I worked by day – you by night.”
After a short period of time, contestant Molly Fleming correctly responded, “Who is Harriet Tubman,” adding $3,200 to her earnings for a total of $6,500.
Champion Megan also answered correctly to increase her final game total to $17,199.
Contestant Sadie also seemed to have the same answer in mind, however it appeared she didn’t write it out in full.
Mayim – who is currently sharing hosting duties with Ken Jennings – said: “Looks like you were going to ‘Harriet Tubman’ but you’re not done, so unfortunately that won’t be acceptable.”
Sadie nodded, but looked disappointed with the results.
She ended up betting $7,500, which would give her a grand total of 17,300 if her answer was accepted, which would make her the new champion over Megan.
Megan won four days in a row after beating six-day champion Eric Ahasic for just two dollars.
Eric, a meteorologist, dominated the competition for over a week before he was taken down by Megan.