'Delighted and relieved': Canadians are back on the board for Jeopardy
Privacy laws were cited as the reason for a temporary ban, but host Alex Trebek promised change
Canadians who have been trying to get on Jeopardy have a fighting chance again of appearing on the popular game show.
According to the contestant FAQ section on the game show's website, "Canadians are eligible" again to take the qualifying online test. The change took effect Sept. 12.
The show, hosted by Canadian Alex Trebek, stopped accepting Canadian applications in February, blaming the country's updated privacy laws.
"I felt delighted and relieved when I found out I was once again eligible to take the test to appear on the show," said Smith.
Trebek, who was born in Canada, promised change would come by the end of the summer after he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa earlier this year and also received a key to the city.
An email response to CBC News from the Jeopardy team Wednesday regarding the updated rules said: "Canadians were always allowed to play on the show and were represented throughout last season. There was never a 'ban.'"
Wrong answer Jeopardy, but there's another round to make up for it — especially if Smith gets through.
"I don't think I've ever seen a Newfoundlander compete on the show, so I'd love the chance to show those Americans what we're made of," said Smith.