10/01/2013 08:11 pm ET | Updated Oct 02, 2013

'Jeopardy!' Contestant Penalized For 'Elaine' Pronunciation In 'Seinfeld' Question (VIDEO)

"Jeopardy!" seemingly penalized a contestant because of his accent and the way he pronounced "Elaine." As in Elaine Benes from "Seinfeld."

The question was essentially "name Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character on 'Seinfeld,'" and the contestant, Fidelito Cortes, said "Elaine." In the video above, Alex Trebek said he was wrong and moved on to another contestant who guessed "Benes." The other contestant was deemed correct and Trebek corrected Cortes on his pronunciation.

Viewers took to Twitter after the "Jeopardy!" judges ruled.

Wow @Jeopardy that "Elaine" pronunciation distinction was harsh. Same name; you have to account for regional accents!

— marissa (@crayon78) October 1, 2013

They just penalized this guy for using a hard E in "Elaine," but not this other guy for pronouncing the H in "Haute." #Jeopardy #bullshit

— Fairy Magdalene (@BoyandPiano) October 1, 2013

@Jeopardy Elaine vs Elaine. Really? I'm glad it didn't effect the results

— eileen zimmerman (@zimzztop) October 1, 2013

.@Jeopardy Fidelito was unfairly scored because of his accent! He definitely said Elaine!

— Lorraine Rojas (@LorraineRojas85) October 1, 2013

In the end, the "Seinfeld" question didn't matter and Cortes was the day's champion.

Do you think the judges made the right call?


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