Eighth-Grader: ‘Jeopardy!’ Cheated Me

We all know Trebek is a stickler for convention. An eighth-grade boy from Connecticut says he was cheated after losing in Final Jeopardy after spelling emancipation incorrectly. He correctly answered the question, but wrote the word “emanciptation,” and host Alex Trebek ruled it out, costing him $3,000 of his $9,600 in winnings. Hundreds have taken to the show's Facebook page to voice disapproval, but the producers are sticking by the decision, saying, "If Jeopardy! were to give credit for an incorrect response (however minor), the show would effectively penalize the other players."