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Spelling Bee Fans Call This Year's Broadcast an 'Absolute Trash Bee'

Fans took to Twitter to complain about the number of commercials on the Bee's new network.
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee (Photo: Scripps/YouTube)
    Scripps National Spelling Bee (Photo: Scripps/YouTube)

    Don't mess with Spelling Bee fans. Longtime Bee-watchers are angry about the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee, calling this year's event the "worst" one ever.

    After 27 years on ESPN, the Scripps National Spelling Bee moved to Scripps-owned broadcast networks Ion and Bounce for 2022. But after watching Thursday night's Finals, many viewers weren't happy about the switch, as they claimed the broadcast was filled with commercial breaks and too-frequent hosting commentary. "These kids deserve way better," one viewer wrote. "Absolute trash bee."

    Fans willing to sit through the frequent commercial breaks were treated to quite a show. For the first time ever, the final two contestants, Harini Logan and Vikram Raju, competed in a spell-off, which tested how many words they could spell correctly in 90 seconds. When all was said and done, 14-year-old Logan spelled 21 out of 26 words correctly, beating Raju, who got 15 out of 19 correct. Logan's victory earned her the National Spelling Bee trophy and a check for $50,000, not to mention eternal bragging rights as the first spell-off champion.

    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: Scripps National Spelling Bee, ESPN, Bounce TV, Scripps Networks