Ken Jennings from “Jeopardy!” apologize for the insensitive tweets


Past tweets resurfaced after the announcement that Jennings would be the first guest host of “Jeopardy!” Following the death of longtime host Alex Trebek in November after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jennings tweeted on Wednesday, “Hey, I just wanted to admit that over the years on Twitter I’ve definitely tweeted some inarticulate and insensitive things. ”

“Sometimes they worked like jokes in my head and I was appalled at how they read on the screen,” he wrote. “In the past, I usually left bad tweets so they could get soaked. At least that way, they could lead to smart answers and even advocacy. Deleting them was like whitewashing a mistake.

He added that by leaving the tweets in place, he believed he “maybe gave the impression that I support every failed joke I’ve ever posted here.” He said it wasn’t.
“Sometimes I’ve said stupid things in a stupid way and I want to apologize to people who have been (rightly!) Offended,” read another tweet. “It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone, but that didn’t matter: I fucked up, and I’m so sorry.” ”

Some Twitter users responded by sharing some of the now deleted tweets, including one from 2014 in which Jennings wrote “Nothing sadder than a sexy person in a wheelchair.” he apologized for this tweet in 2018 writing “it was such an incompetent joke that it meant something very different in my head and I regret just reading ableist!” ”

Jennings ended her tweets on Wednesday looking ahead.

“If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be kinder to each other,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to leave in 2021 with that in mind. ”


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