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Alex Trebek: Why Did He Make an 8th Grader Cry?
By Allison Moore

Washington, D.C. (August 6, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Woman, aka Allison Moore, takes your questions regarding TV stars and shows. If you have a question about TV entertainment, ask TV's Answer Woman by sending an e-mail to

Q. Why is everyone mad at Alex Trebek? He seems like the nicest guy in the world? -- Lynette, San Antonio.

Lynette, Alex Trebek has been the low-key and amiable host of Jeopardy for years, but his actions during a recent shooting of a special kids Jeopardy has sparked a fire of protest on the Net and Twitter.

During Kids Week on Jeopardy, which was shot in February but just aired last week, Trebek asked eighth grader Thomas Hurley III the Final Jeopardy question: What was the 1863 document that Abraham Lincoln called a "fit and necessary war measure?

The youngster correctly answered
Emancipation Proclamation, reports CNN, but he added an "i" to Emancipation in his written answer.

Trebek responded that the judges had to rule against him and Thomas lost the game and his
$3,000 wager on the final question. Young Tom seemed ready to cry over Alex's response and Alex was suddenly in a jeopardy of his own online. Hundreds of people ripped the host, saying he appeared smug.

The Jeopardy production team said it had no choice but to rule the way it did. But many Jeopardy watchers are now saying they are ex-watchers. To see a video of the Jeopardy-Thomas Hurley incident, click below:

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