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Jeopardy! guest host Ken Jennings issues apology for ‘insensitive’ tweets


#Jeopardy! guest host #Ken #Jennings has apologised for ‘insensitive’ tweets he has posted in the past, after he was slammed for making ableist comments.

The 46-year-old quiz champ – who is replacing late television icon #Alex #Trebek on the game show following his death last month – took to #Twitter on #Thursday to address previous ‘failed’ jokes he’s made on the micro-blogging platform.

#He wrote: ‘#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.

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#Apology: #Jeopardy! guest host #Ken #Jennings has apologised for ‘insensitive’ tweets he has posted in the past, after he was slammed for making ableist comments

‘#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!’

#Although #Jennings didn’t refer specifically to any particular posts, he acknowledged he had ‘screwed up’ and promised to ‘be kinder’ to others in 2021.

#He continued: ‘#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.

Failed: Jennings ¿ who is replacing late television icon Alex Trebek (pictured) on the game show following his death ¿ took to Twitter on Thursday to address his previous 'failed' jokes

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#Failed: #Jennings – who is replacing late television icon #Alex #Trebek (pictured) on the game show following his death – took to #Twitter on #Thursday to address his previous ‘failed’ jokes

Kinder approach: Although Jennings didn't refer specifically to any particular posts, he acknowledged he had 'screwed up' and promised to 'be kinder' to others in 2021

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#Kinder approach: #Although #Jennings didn’t refer specifically to any particular posts, he acknowledged he had ‘screwed up’ and promised to ‘be kinder’ to others in 2021

‘#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. (sic)’

#One month before his apology, #Jennings was the focus of much outrage over a resurfaced tweet he posted in 2014 about ‘hot’ people in wheelchairs.

‘#Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair,’ #Jennings wrote at the time.

#Jennings, who has since deleted the tweet, addressed the insensitive post in 2018, but the message has regained steam in light of his upcoming hosting role.

Jeopardy! record-holder: Quiz champ Jennings has won 74 games of the game show in a row

#Jeopardy! record-holder: #Quiz champ #Jennings has won 74 games of the game show in a row

Resurfaced: His 2014 tweet first resurfaced in 2018, and Jennings addressed it at the time

#Resurfaced: #His 2014 tweet first resurfaced in 2018, and #Jennings addressed it at the time

#Jennings said in 2018 he apologised ‘personally’ to those who reached out to him about the tweet, which he called an ‘inept’ joke.

‘I never did a public flogging thing for this but I did apologise personally to angry/hurt people who reached out personally,’ he tweeted at the time.

‘#It was a joke so inept that it meant something very different in my head & I regret the ableist plain reading of it!’

#With the resurfacing of the tweet, #Jennings faced the wrath of angry #Twitter users hurt and angered over his original post.

Renewed outrage: Jennings faced renewed outrage over the tweet when he was announced as one of Jeopardy's incoming guest hosts

#Renewed outrage: #Jennings faced renewed outrage over the tweet when he was announced as one of #Jeopardy’s incoming guest hosts

Objections: Twitter users flooded the micro-blogging platform with their objections last month

#Objections: #Twitter users flooded the micro-blogging platform with their objections last month

#Actress #Yvette #Nicole #Brown even weighed in on the controversy as she posted a link announcing his guest hosting role. ‘#Nope,’ she tweeted along with the story.

#When asked why #Yvette disliked the selection, she replied, ‘#Peep his old tweets and get back at me.’

#Jennings was announced as the first of a series of guest hosts replacing #Trebek just a few days ago.

#An official tweet revealed: ‘#We will resume production on 11/30 with a series of interim guest hosts from the #Jeopardy! family – starting with #Ken #Jennings. #Additional guest hosts to be announced.’

Quiz: Jennings had been largely celebrated for his memorable role on the long-running show

#Quiz: #Jennings had been largely celebrated for his memorable role on the long-running show

Unimpressed: Actress Yvette Nicole Brown even weighed in on the controversy as she posted a link announcing his guest hosting role. 'Nope,' she tweeted along with the story

#Unimpressed: #Actress #Yvette #Nicole #Brown even weighed in on the controversy as she posted a link announcing his guest hosting role. ‘#Nope,’ she tweeted along with the story

#Jennings won 74 games of #Jeopardy! in a row and claimed the show’s ‘#Greatest #Of #All #Time’ title in a competition last year.

A long-term host for #Trebek, who passed away at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer last month, will be named later.

#Last month, #Jennings paid tribute to #Trebek as he was announced as the programme’s new guest host.

#He said at the time: ‘There will only ever be one #Alex #Trebek, but I’m honoured to be helping #Jeopardy! out with this in #January.’

Icon: Alex Trebek passed away at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer last month

#Icon: #Alex #Trebek passed away at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer last month



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