Have you ever wondered what the biggest game show scandals in history were? At one point, even Congress got involved in order to prevent cheating and scandals in the TV industry! Whether it’s beating the system to win money or the game shows just trying to get viewers, these are 25 Biggest Game Show Scandals In TV History!
Jeopardy (kids version)
In 2013, both Jeopardy and host Alex Trebek took a lot of fire from fans. Contestant Thomas Hurley lost points for misspelling Emancipation Proclamation; he added an extra “t” in Emancipation. Apparently, points aren’t normally docked for misspellings, and if they are, the misspelling has to be particularly big. So yeah, people got mad.
In 2012, Jeopardy contestant Reid Rogers answered a question correctly with Wimbledon. At first, his answer was accepted, but almost immediately he lost money for mispronouncing it. Apparently he had said Wimble-TON rather than Wimble-DON. The pettiness upset a number of viewers.
1950 Game Show Scandal
To make a long story short, it emerged that almost every single game show was scripted. This caused a huge uproar and even led to Congress stepping in and amending the Communications Act to prevent further game show scripting.
As the first game show ever broadcast, this BBC program premiered on May 14, 1938. Although there was a lot of hype, the program totally flopped and left everybody from advertisers to viewers severely disappointed. One columnist even recently wrote, “One of the few happy consequences of the Second World War was that it took Spelling Bee off air, making the world safe for more sophisticated entertainment.”
When he was a contestant on the Australian game show Millionaire Hot-Seat, he managed to correctly guess all the answers by watching the reactions of the host and the crowd. At least that was his explanation. It’s not quite clear whether or not the game show producers believed him.