KEN Jennings has responded to a Jeopardy! viewer on Twitter who dogged the beloved game show for being “factually incorrect” on a clue.
Last week, a question looking for golden retrievers classified the prized pooches as a “working breed” which miffed a lot of fans.
The Jeopardy! skeptic had tweeted: “Incorrect today…the golden retriever is a member of the sporting group, not the working group.”
Ken, 48, replied to them: “Didn’t say ‘working group,’ it was ‘working dog.’
Goldens are among the most common breeds for several types of working dog, including service animals.”
The user replied: “What a difference a day err word makes! Ahh, I misread (tricky though) and stand corrected…thank you.”
The bothersome clue did not go unnoticed during eight-day, $184K champ Stephen Webb’s seventh win last Thursday – he lost an episode later.
The game show‘s latest big winner had selected “Hair Of The Dog” for $200.
Ken read: “Rich, lustrous golden of various shades’ is this American Kennel standard for the coat of this working breed.”
None of the contestants buzzed in with a guess and Ken broke the awkward silence by saying: “That’s a golden retriever!” with a grin.
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Fans posted to various social media platforms not letting them off the leash so easily.
Particularly, it was their calling goldens a “working breed” that came under fire.
One Twitter user wrote: “Golden Retrievers are not actually part of the working breed of dogs, but are sporting breeds.”
Another dog lover tweeted: “Hey @Jeopardy FYI a Golden Retriever is not a working breed.”
On Facebook, one fan called the mixup a “Bad error.” and added: “Goldens are only in the Sporting Group! Period!”
One more viewer agreed: “Golden Retrievers are a sporting breed, not working! Those are two totally different groups.”
And despite Ken’s clap back, the clue did read as “sporting breed” not “working dog” as he wrote.
According to American Kennel Club, which the clue cited, Golden retrievers are listed as part of the “sporting group,” not working.
“Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likable, well-rounded companions,” says the site, which includes spaniels and retrievers.
Over the summer, Ken and actress Mayim Bialik, 47, were announced as the permanent replacements for the late, great Alex Trebek, who had hosted since 1984.
The hosting announcement hasn’t been the only big change for Jeopardy!, as executive producer Michael Davies – who replaced the ousted Mike Richards – filled a job that before them, hadn’t changed hands in decades either.
Meanwhile, the microscopes are out for the hardcore fans, and they’ve spotted plenty of other clues on the regularly airing show they haven’t liked.
Recently, a 26-word Final Jeopardy! clue was clocked as the most poorly worded fans had ever seen.
The show’s producers misspelled an Edgar Allan Poe quote and also deeply angered audiences by using Brian Laundrie, who killed his girlfriend Gabby Petito last year, as a “disgusting” prompt.
Most notably, the game show suffered a horrible glitch last week that spoiled an entire episode by displaying the contestants’ winning scores at the beginning of a show.
Jeopardy!’s previous long-term producer Harry Friedman famously remained at the judge’s table during each episode while its new EP Davies is not known to do so.