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'Jeopardy' under Fire after Having the Wrong Answer in a Final Round

Jaimie-lee Prince
Dec 14, 2019
07:30 P.M.
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"Jeopardy" is rousing feathers after a question asked in the final round seemed to have the wrong answer in the show. Fans took to Twitter to give the right answer — but was there any mistake in the first place?

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On a recent episode of "Jeopardy," host Alex Trebek posed a question about the 1970 Best Picture Oscar winner. He shared the first words of the film.

The answer "Jeopardy" gave was "Patton," but it was "Midnight Cowboy" that won in 1970. This confused many fans, but others determined that the answer was correct.

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Fans were not impressed

Nonetheless, many people voiced their discontent. Some of them even included photographic evidence showing the Oscar results from the relevant year.

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One person suggested that perhaps a comma was missed in the way the question was written out on the television for the contestants to see.

Several others noted that "Patton" won the Oscar in 1971 after it was released in 1970. Others pointed out the lines mentioned in the question were definitely from "Patton."

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The show probably won't change

The phrases "Ten-hut!" and "Be Seated" are spoken in the opening of the movie, so that should have given the players the hint they needed to get the answer.

Either way, the question was definitely phrased in a complicated way. Maybe the show will fix it, or perhaps they won't. It's not often there's such confusion on the famous game show.

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However, there have always been hilarious wrong answers from contestants. For instance, there was the time someone described West Virginia as a city as opposed to a state.

Funny answers on "Jeopardy"

Another time, one contestant created a portmanteau name for Jay-Z and Beyonce, which was "Bey-Z." The Carters would have been correct in this case.

"Jeopardy" has had its share of humor, but things are about to get serious when the Greatest of All Time Tournament takes place next year.

A general view of the "Jeopardy!" set in Culver City, California on April 17, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images

A general view of the "Jeopardy!" set in Culver City, California on April 17, 2010 | Photo: Getty Images

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In January, the biggest winners of the popular game show are set to battle it out for another $1 million. Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer will take part.

The Greatest of All Time

Holzhauer, the most recent big winner, has already pocked $2.5 million during his run in 2018. He was the most-watched player in 14 years. His run ended in June, then he went on to win the Tournament of Champions.

Rutter has earned the most on "Jeopardy" at $4.7 million, while Jennings has the longest unbroken winning streak at 74 games, which earned him $3.5 million.

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James Holzhaur presents a trophy at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 19, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

James Holzhaur presents a trophy at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 19, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The tournament will air on January 7 at 8 pm. There will be two back-to-back games. Once played out, the contestant who's earned the most winnings will win the "match."

This goes on until one player wins three such matches. The two runners up will be awarded $250,000 each, while the winner will get $1 million in prize money.

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