“Jeopardy!” executive producer Michael Davies is apologizing to fans for the “horrible error” that occurred during the High School Reunion Tournament on March 8.
Although the results of the previous days are usually shown at the beginning of the next episode, the producers goofed by accidentally showing the results of Day 1 at the beginning of that episode!
‘Jeopardy!’ EP Michael Davies Addresses ‘Horrible Error’ During Mayim Bialik’s Hosting Intro
Whoops – they showed a shot of the final scores during Mayim’s intro #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/OhCdGEArKl
— Lilly (@OneEclecticMom) March 9, 2023
“Jeopardy!” Fashion connoisseur Lilly, who has become a staple in the “Jeopardy!” community, posted a clip of the error on her Twitter page, which showed the final scores on the podium before the game even began.
Although she describes what she believes might have happened in a lengthy Twitter thread, not all fans seemed to have noticed the goof. “They were adding that total which was from their other appearance to the total they won that night for the grand total and grand winner. Did no one watch the show?” one user asked.
“They did also (correctly) show the Day 1 scores at the beginning of Day 2. But this clip is from *Wednesday’s* show. It shows the scores from the end of Day 1 at the beginning of Day 1,” Lilly explained.
They did also (correctly) show the Day 1 scores at the beginning of Day 2. But this clip is from *Wednesday’s* show. It shows the scores from the end of Day 1 at the beginning of Day 1.
— Lilly (@OneEclecticMom) March 10, 2023
EP Michael Davies addressed the slip-up on a recent episode of the “Inside Jeopardy!” podcast and explained that the error wasn’t caught in post-production or final quality control.
“Apologies to the entire audience, we totally blew it at the top of the show,” he admitted. “We made a horrible error where we revealed the final scores at the end in the opening cut-away shot during Mayim’s monologue. It’s a series of errors that it’s somehow remarkable they all happened.”
Davies explains that sometimes they have to re-tape the host’s opening monologue. The standard procedure is to reset the podium scores back to the original numbers when the host, in this case, “Big Bang Theory” alum Mayim Bialik, needs a re-do. In this case, that didn’t happen.
On this week’s episode of Inside Jeopardy!:
Stephen Webb proves he’s someone to watch out for on the Alex Trebek Stage 👀: https://t.co/KSTrY63JZC pic.twitter.com/SksMIMJcm2
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 15, 2023
Davies admitted that they should have caught the slip in post-production, but went on to say that “I’m sure in all of your jobs, I’m sure if you’re honest with yourselves, there are mistakes made in every single one of your businesses.”
“My whole thing is to always focus not on what happened and why did this happen in order to punish people, it’s what happened and why did it happen so that we can build a protocol to make sure it never happens again,” he added. “And so, we live and learn and we apologize to anybody whose experience of this program was ruined. We take these mistakes to heart.”
Mayim Bialik Is Coming Back To Host For The Rest Of The Summer!
Earlier this month, on another “Inside Jeopardy!” podcast, producer Sarah Foss revealed that Ken Jennings, who started hosting after the High School Reunion Tournament ended, will continue to host until April 28.
“Blossom” child star Mayim Bialik will pick up hosting duties on May 1 and continue to host throughout the summer. It’s not clear when her hosting duties will end, but it looks like she might be behind the podium for the rest of the season.
“Ken Jennings will be back on March 10, and then he will continue the rest of his syndicated run, which will take us through April 28,” Foss said during the podcast. “Then Mayim will take over on May 1, and she’ll take us all the way through the summer.”
Although some fans took to Twitter to express disappointment that they may have to wait several months until Ken Jennings returns his hosting duties, he may be back on screen sooner than fans think.
Although Mayim has been hosting most of the special tournaments, Ken has been tapped to host the new prime-time series “Jeopardy! Masters,” which features six top “Jeopardy!” champions competing once again over ten episodes.