“It’s Ewan McGregor, not Ewan Gregor!” Jeopardy fans are furious after contestant teacher wins show despite giving ‘wrong answer’
- Jeopardy fans! they were concerned after Monday night’s game that the eventual winner of the show responded poorly, for which he received points
- It seemed that contestant Melissa Klapper said the name ‘Ewan Gregor’ when she should have said ‘Ewan McGregor’
- Klapper won Monday night’s game for $1
Danger! fans are up in arms over a woman’s potentially unfair victory during Monday night’s episode.
Contestant and teacher Melissa Klapper won the Monday night episode of the beloved trivia show. But after her victory, fans and social media users were quick to shout a response from her that they believed she was wrong.
During the first round finale, Klapper appeared to call Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, Ewan Gregor, but received the points anyway.
Klapper, from Pennsylvania, narrowly defeated Jake Garrett, a football coach and teacher from Alabama, as well as Kelly Barry, a marketing communications specialist from Seattle during the episode.
The final question of the ‘Quite the Fishy Story’ category on Monday night
At one point earlier in the evening, the final question of a category called ‘Remove the Fishy Story’ was played for $600, with host Ken Jennings introducing a clue.
“The strength of Lasse Hallström was a strong impetus for this Scotsman to play a fishing expert in ‘Salmon Fishing in Yemen,'” it said.
Klapper responded with something along the lines of, ‘Ewan Gregor.’
The actor’s name in the 2011 film is Ewan McGregor.
Despite the possible wrong answer, Jenning confirmed that she was right and closed the category.
“That’s right, at $5,200, you’re just out of the lead,” he said. At the time, Garrett was leading all three contestants with $6,800.
But fans were quick to hit their rewind buttons to see if they could understand what Klapper really said.
Some flocked to Twitter to question the results and see if others had heard what they did.
“There was a mistake on @Jeopardy tonight, the woman in the middle named Melissa said ‘Ewan Gregor’ when she’s actually ‘Ewan Mcgregor’, I played it twice just to make sure,” wrote one fan.
Another wrote: ‘That redheaded lady who won answered a question incorrectly. Said Ewan Gregor instead of Ewan MCREGOR. We reran it twice. She didn’t say it. She shouldn’t have won.
‘Melissa missed the question where the answer was Ewan McGregor! She said Ewan Gregor… we repeated it several times. She got points by mistake…and now he’s won. Unfair to other players…’ wrote another.
Melissa Klapper after giving her answer on Monday’s episode of Jeopardy
Ewan McGregor on salmon fishing in Yemen
Danger! host Ken Jennings, who some fans thought he missed when a contestant answered incorrectly on Monday
One fan addressed the host directly in his online response: “Hi Ken, on tonight’s Jeopardy, Kelly answered ‘Ewan Gregor’ to the question about salmon fishing in Yemen and received the points when the answer should have been Ewan McGregor Have the scores ever been corrected?
Slowed down footage of Klapper’s response would suggest that he actually said the ‘Mc’ part of the actor’s name, but it was not audible.
The judges seemed to agree with that assessment, as they awarded him the points.
Klapper would go on to win the night, unseating Barry as champion and defeating Garrett by just $1.
Fans were similarly upset when, a few weeks ago, an editing error accidentally revealed the winner of a recent episode.
A cropped shot of host Mayim Bialik’s monologue revealed the final scores during the show’s opening moments, a mistake the show’s executive producer Michael Davies called a “horrible mistake”.
Last year, Jennings angered fans when she allowed a show winner to correct her answer to a question, but didn’t extend the same courtesy to another contestant.