‘Jeopardy!’ star Ken Jennings sorry for ‘insensitive’ tweets: ‘I screwed up’


December 30, 2020 | 4:31pm | Up to date December 31, 2020 | 5:31pm

Did somebody lastly get the GOAT’s goat?

“Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings has taken to Twitter to apologize for earlier “insensitive” content material he shared to the platform.

In a thread posted Wednesday afternoon, Jennings, 46, wrote a mea culpa for previous jokes he tweeted, expressing remorse for “dumb issues” in his social media previous.

“Hey, I simply wished to come clean with the truth that through the years on Twitter, I’ve undoubtedly tweeted some unartful and insensitive issues,” he wrote within the five-part thread. “Generally they labored as jokes in my head and I used to be dismayed to see how they learn on display.

“Prior to now, I’d normally depart unhealthy tweets up simply in order that they could possibly be dunked on. No less than that means they might result in good replies and even advocacy. Deleting them felt like whitewashing a mistake,” he continued. “However I believe that follow might have given the impression I stand by each failed joke I’ve ever posted right here. Under no circumstances!”

Presumably, he was referencing a now-deleted 2014 put up that learn, “Nothing sadder than a sizzling particular person in a wheelchair,” which caught the ire of Twitter customers in 2018 and led to him expressing “remorse” after a “public flogging.” And in 2015, he joked a few “Star Wars” fan — who had terminal most cancers — who went to see the franchise entry “The Pressure Awakens” earlier than he died. “It might probably’t be an excellent signal that each fan who has seen the brand new Star Wars film died shortly thereafter,” Jennings wrote on the time.

In Wednesday’s tweets, Jennings appeared prepared to maneuver on forward of his new gig: Subsequent week he’ll begin as a fill-in for “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who died of pancreatic most cancers at age 80 in November. 

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“Generally I stated dumb issues in a dumb means and I wish to apologize to individuals who have been (rightfully!) offended,” he continued in his apology. “It wasn’t my intention to harm anybody, however that doesn’t matter: I screwed up, and I’m really sorry.

“If 2020 has taught us something, it’s that we needs to be kinder to 1 one other,” he added, ending with, “I stay up for heading into 2021 with that in thoughts.”

Whereas some followers applauded him for “proudly owning his s–t” by way of the thread, others noticed it merely as an opportune time to specific remorse, with one particular person suggesting, “The preemptive apology for outdated tweets earlier than getting the Jeopardy gig. Sensible,” and one other asking, “is that this step 1 of formally accepting the jeopardy gig?”

Neither Jennings — who was topped the “Biggest of All Time” participant on “Jeopardy!” early this 12 months — nor every other celeb has been confirmed as a everlasting substitute for Trebek, whose remaining reveals will air from Jan. Four to eight. Nevertheless, a lot of names have been floated as potentialities, together with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, who earlier this 12 months stated the job could be “enjoyable.”

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