‘Jeopardy!’ Clarifies Guidelines After Contestant’s Answering Type Irks Viewers

Danger! The bosses cleared the rules of the long-running quiz show after engaging in controversy over current champ Matt Amodio’s style of answering clues.

As any dedicated fan knows, the syndicated show presents the clues that participants have to answer in question form.

And while Amodio did not break the rules in that sense, his penchant for starting each of his questions with “what is” – even when the answer relates to people – has aroused anger among a faction of onlookers.

In response to the avalanche of angry audience comments, a Jeopardy! Twitter Account on Monday that read, “What’s wrong with Matt Amodio? A lot of ‘what’s’ in his response – and that’s perfectly acceptable!”

A link to the show’s website was shared where a statement read: “Over the many years that Jeopardy! was broadcast, we have seen some rare scenarios where we have to fall back on the official rules of the game.

“Streaking Champion Matt Amodio has received a lot of attention lately for his unorthodox use of ‘What’s …?’ as a template for all answers – whether animal, vegetable or mineral. Viewers and grammar police have many questions about what is acceptable. We have some answers. “

The rules, it was explained, state that “all of a student’s answers to an answer must be formulated in the form of a question,” but there are no grammar details.

“Jeopardy! Doesn’t require the answer to be grammatically correct,” the statement read. “Also, the three-letter name of a British invasion rock band can be a correct answer on its own (‘The Who?’) And even ‘Is it …?’ was accepted. So Matt Amodio’s no-frills approach is unique, but good with guidelines. “

According to the rules, participants who do not answer “Jeopardy!” In question format. Rounds receive gentle reminders from the host, although such errors score points in the ‘Double Jeopardy!’ round.

What’s wrong with Matt Amodio? A lot of “what is” in his answers – and that is completely acceptable!

Read more about other Jeopardy! Rules here: https://t.co/6Ld05LMRR4

– Danger! (@Danger) August 2, 2021

Die Hard #Danger Fans like me always carry a copy of the official rules with them anyway.

– Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) August 2, 2021

The statement goes on to say: “At ‘Final Jeopardy!’ The Competitor Coordinators are on the stage to confirm that bets have been entered correctly and to brief the competitors through the final steps of the game. Part of this briefing involves giving competitors the correct “who” or “what” for the final clue. “

Reaction to the danger! Amodio wrote on Twitter: “Die-hard #jeopardy fans like me always carry a copy of the official rules anyway.”

Amodio was asked about the controversy in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly and replied, “I don’t necessarily want to say too much about it. I guess I just want to say that I hope no one is offended by this.

“I hear some people say it is disrespectful to the game and I would argue that if there was a ranking of Jeopardy! Fan clubs, I think I would have a strong argument for being the number one Jeopardy! Fan I live and breathe the show, I love every aspect of it, so I definitely don’t do it out of disrespect or undermining the show. “

The computer science Ph.D. Yale student Amodio is currently enjoying an impressive eight-game winning streak with Jeopardy! In a tweet on Monday, he revealed that he is now ranked eighth for “highest regular season game winnings” after raising $ 310,400.

After winning more than five games, Amodio returns to Jeopardy! next season for the Tournament of Champions, which he said Entertainment Weekly, which he is looking forward to “with a combination of anticipation and fear.”

“Because my competitors were extremely smart,” he explained, “but at the Tournament of Champions they filtered it to only get people who won at least five games on Jeopardy.

“It’s going to be a more competitive phase than I’m mentally prepared. That’s why I’m quite worried. Hopefully I’ll do well, but I’ll be shaking a little in my boots.”

“Danger!” Bosses cleared the rules of the long-running show after current champ Matt Amodio angered fans with his clue-answering style.
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