Fans of the popular and long-running game show Jeopardy! are loyal and intense.
The fans are often brutal in their comments when contestants give a wrong answer.
But when this contestant blew her chance to win when she misunderstood the question, most fans just stared in disbelief.
A Jeopardy! contestant named Sophia lost her game recently after she committed an epic fail during Final Jeopardy.
A “brutal” and “painful way to lose”
After Sophia’s confusion and ultimate loss, fans of the show rallied around the young woman, saying the moment was “brutal” and “a painful way to lose.”
Sophia was in second place going into the final round, with a total of $14,600.
A contestant named Michael was in first place with $28,800, and a woman named Sharon was back in third place with $5,800.
The Final Jeopardy category was “Landmarks,” and the clue read, “During Pope John Paul II’s 1987 visit to Los Angeles, pranksters covered up this letter in a local landmark.”
The correct answer was “L.”
The clue referred to the story of the Pope’s visit in which Los Angeles’ Hollywood sign was temporarily changed to read “Holywood.”
Third place, Sharon answered the question correctly and wagered $1,000, bringing her final winnings up to $6,800.
Sophia was the next contestant to reveal her answer, and she was visibly nervous and jumpy as she revealed that she had written “The Hollywood Sign.”
She then looked at host Ken Jennings expectantly, and most believed she was hoping her answer would be accepted, even though it was clearly wrong.
Despite her hopes, Jennings said, “You got the right landmark but didn’t tell us the letter, I’m afraid.”
A disappointing loss
Sophia’s shoulders then sank, and she was heard scoffing and saying “No” in a clear show of disappointment.
Sophia had wagered nearly everything in her bank, bringing her final total down to $399 and a third-place finish.
First-place contestant Michael incorrectly guessed “O,” and his wager of only $500 brought him down to $28,300, making him the winner of the game.
Sadly, had Sophia understood the clue and given the correct answer, she would have won the game.
While Sophia was not shown after the revelation, Jeopardy! Fans took to Reddit to discuss the shocking and brutal ending to the game.
“Oh my God nooooo Sophia,” one person wrote, including a sad face emoji. “That was so sad, she could have won.”
Another person wrote: “Absolutely tragic FJ. Was really rooting for Sophia, what a bizarre pair of mistakes on what felt like a relatively straightforward FJ clue.”
Another person replied, “Brutal watching her reaction. Ouch.”
“You could see the full pain and range of emotions in her face as she saw L be called the right answer, realize her mistake, hope they’d maybe take her answer anyway, and the realization they would not,” another commented.
“It was the hardest I’ve ever seen a contestant take a loss but I don’t blame her at all, it’s not like she had a tantrum, she tried to hide the pain and just couldn’t.”
Sophia’s loss was also referred to as “a painful way to lose,” and one Reddit user who was in the audience for the taping of this episode said, “Ken said if she had circled or had an arrow pointing to the L, they could have accepted it.”
It turned out that missing the L caused a big L for Sophia.
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