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‘Jeopardy!’ star Ken Jennings apologizes for past ‘insensitive’ tweets and jokes

Ken Jennings issued an apology for ‘unartful and insensitive’ tweets.

This image released by ABC shows contestant Ken Jennings with a trophy on “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time.” “Jeopardy!” ratings have dropped since Ken Jennings stopped hosting.
This image released by ABS shows contestant Ken Jennings with a trophy on “JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time.” Jennings, the veteran who beat young hotshot James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter, won the $1 million prize in the tournament that stretched out over four entertaining nights on ABC’s prime-time schedule. Now, that tournament is re-airing May 4-15.
Eric McCandless, ABC via Associated Press

“Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings recently issued an apology for any “unartful and insensitive” tweets that he has made on Twitter over the years.

What’s going on?

Jennings posted a Twitter thread where he apologized for posts and jokes that people might deem as offensive.

  • For example, he referenced a 2014 tweet was brought up in November. The tweet said: “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”

Here’s the full statement from Jennings:

“Hey, I just wanted to own up to the fact that over the years on Twitter, I’ve definitely tweeted some unartful and insensitive things. Sometimes they worked as jokes in my head and I was dismayed to see how they read on screen.

“In the past, I’d usually leave bad tweets up just so they could be dunked on. At least that way they could lead to smart replies and even advocacy. Deleting them felt like whitewashing a mistake.

“But I think that practice may have given the impression I stand by every failed joke I’ve ever posted here. Not at all!

“Sometimes I said dumb things in a dumb way and I want to apologize to people who were (rightfully!) offended. It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone, but that doesn’t matter: I screwed up, and I’m truly sorry.

“If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we should be kinder to one another. I look forward to heading into 2021 with that in mind.”

Jennings will be the host of an upcoming ABC game show “The Chase” and he will work with “Jeopardy!” in the coming days as a host in the wake of Alex Trebek’s death.

Jennings’ new show begins Jan. 7. “The Chase” — which is a British game show where contestants face off against trivia masters — will see Jennings united with other “Jeopardy!” stars like James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. These legends will try to be the “chaser,” looking to keep players from winning cash prizes