WATCH: Eighth Grader Loses Final “Jeopardy!” Round Due to Misspelling

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What is “12-year-old heart break “?

This is the question thousands of viewers voiced in response to a 12-year-old game show contestant losing the final round of “Jeopardy!” due to a misspelling in his otherwise correct answer.

Thomas Hurley III was in the last round of “Kids Jeopardy!” when he correctly answered a question about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The eighth-grader wrote “Emanciptation” as his answer and was disqualified for misspelling his answer by host Alex Trebek.

The shocked contestant fought back tears as his family joined him on stage at the end of the show. Many viewers condemned the show on social media after it aired on July 31, and Hurley said he is “pretty upset” about the disqualification. However, even if he had not been disqualified, some have pointed out that Hurley would not have won the game, which was filmed in February.

Skyler Hornback, 12, won the final prize and collected $66,000 overall, winning $30,000 in one episode alone.

16 comments
voiceguy53
voiceguy53

Problem is, I have seen misspellings and barely legible writing allowed to pass.  Just be consistent.

lbecconsall
lbecconsall

He lost because the winner had more $, regardless of spelling error.

Let it go... it didn't matter that you had a spelling error.  YOU STILL LOST.


hillsriver
hillsriver

After the 12 year olds issue and again last nights show when the woman left off the g in waiting, waiting in the godot. my wife and I have decided that Chronicle on ABC is less stressful and where we shall be from now on.

TIMEAcct
TIMEAcct

He lost already, it don't matter if they counted his fail spelling as correct or not. He had less then 1/2 of the 1st place kid who blew him outta the water, rofl. Learn to spell bro, then complain later.

bdblkjh56
bdblkjh56

Seriously?!...besides, Trebek pointed out the "P" as being wrong! the young man added an extra "T" so obviously Alex doesn't know how to spell ....... E M A N C I P A T I O N......so  does that mean Jeopardy fires him and gets a new host??!!

EyeKantSpeell
EyeKantSpeell

People seem to forget that albert einstein is considered to have had one of the most brilliant minds in history, but even he struggled with some of the most basic grammer of spelling so all of you grammer police need to get a life instead of comming to these boards and pointing out other ppls misspelled words or typo's...everybody misspell words a time or two so just get over it as long as they get their point across I don't have a problem with others misspelling words.

Xav
Xav

Another example was a man who lost money for correcting a grammatically incorrect song title.  He said,  "I'VE Got You Babe" when the title is simply "I Got You Babe".  Even worse was Tic Tac Dough.  If you left "The" off the title of a book or movie--or put a "The" in where there wasn't one--you lost.  I wanted to smack Wink Martindale upside the head; though it wasn't his fault, but the judges'.

eagle11772
eagle11772

Firstly, it's spelled "Eighth Grade", NOT "Eight Grade" as the headline states  (Talk about idiots !)  Secondly, even if the kid has spelled "Emancipation" CORRECTLY, it would have had NO affect on the outcome.  The results would have been EXACTLY the same.  So this is a case of the media making a story out of what should be a "NON-STORY".

Janette
Janette

Who cares about the kid who lost because, even though he is in the eighth grade, he can't spell. Plus, he's a crybaby. Props to the winner, Skyler Hornback! Congrats on your excellent win!

JeffGaines
JeffGaines

This is a non-story. If they counted his answer correctly, he still would have finished in second place. The second place prize is $2,000 regardless of what your score total is. 

This is embarrassing "journalism" to act like this kid got screwed out of something. I feel bad for Skyler Hornback, who finished in first place regardless of what happened. Articles like this are making it seem like he didn't earn his victory.

hipfan
hipfan

this is getting to be romneyesque ... the kid from kentucky spelled it correctly ... the kid from kentucky almost set a one-day record for players of ANY age ... the complaining kid could not have won that day ... he wouldn't have come anywhere near $66,600 ... why doesn't that matter?

Chocolate7
Chocolate7

@voiceguy53

And then they have the gall to write stupid things like “an historic” in their questions. I don’t care how many times the president and the lamestream media say it, it’s still wrong.

PoorShow
PoorShow

@EyeKantSpeell I look forward to what you have to add to the theory of relativity combined with your spelling of "com[m]ing" and "gramm[e]r"