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Jeopardy Ken Jennings Tweets

Twenty four hours after Sony Pictures Television announced that “Jeopardy” fan favorite Ken Jennings would be one of several guest hosts taking over the popular quiz show in January in the aftermath of the death of Alex Trebek, a four-year old tweet has returned to put a cloud over the occasion.

  • — Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 30, 2020 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.
  • 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.'
  • Greatest of All Time” contestant Ken Jennings doesn’t just have a winning streak. He has a blue one, too. Fans learned of his saucy side Thursday night when fellow GOAT competitor James Holzhauer.
  • Ken Jennings is apologizing. Champ, consulting producer and soon-to-be interim host said in a series of messages Wednesday he’s tweeted “some unartful and insensitive things” over the.

After Jennings’ gig was announced last night, actress and activist Yvette Nicole Brown posted a tweet decrying the casting choice. When asked by followers why she directed them to a tweet posted by Jennings on September 22, 2014 where he posted: “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.” Jennings never condemned his actions at the time, and as of this writing the tweet is still up on his timeline. (Neither Jennings nor Sony Pictures Television responded for comment.)

Nope. https://t.co/lUkziAsYUK

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 24, 2020

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014 It’s doubtful this tweet, or any of what Jennings has said on Twitter, will affect his position with “ Jeopardy,” but factoring in that Jennings has.

It wasn’t until 2018, in response to someone retweeting his comments, that Jennings responded on Twitter, saying: “I never did a public flogging for this but I did apologize personally to angry/hurt people who reached out personally. It was a joke so inept that it meant something very different in my head [and] I regret the ableist plain reading of it.”

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This is not the first time Jennings has been cited for being cruel in his tweets. In 2015 he tweeted, “It can’t be a good sign that every fan who has seen the new Star Wars movie died shortly thereafter,” in response to the death of Daniel Fleetwood, a “Star Wars” fan who died of cancer and wanted to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before his death. Two years later Jennings was in the spotlight again after responding to then 11-year-old Barron Trump seeing the image of Kathy Griffin holding a bloody Trump mask with “Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking.” And in 2018 he described an elderly women mourning her deceased son by saying: “This awful MAGA grandma is my favorite person on Twitter.”

Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014

It’s doubtful this tweet, or any of what Jennings has said on Twitter, will affect his position with “Jeopardy,” but factoring in that Jennings has never removed the tweet or made any attempt to overtly apologize, the resurfaced comments are not the best introduction to his guest takeover. It is doubly unfortunate as it’s unclear if “Jeopardy” has even had a wheelchair-user as a contestant. (That’s not to say they haven’t had any disabled contestants. In 1999, Eddie Timanus, who is blind, won $69,700 playing the game.)

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Ken Jennings, the first interim host for Jeopardy!, has apologized for a serious of controversial remarks he previously made on Twitter.

The game show champion posted a remorseful Twitter thread on Wednesday afternoon regarding the remarks.

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'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,' he wrote. '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.'

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. 1/x

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 30, 2020

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. 4/x

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 30, 2020

Jennings appears to be referring to a now-deleted tweet that he sent in 2014 that read, 'Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.” While Jennings never publicly retracted the comment, he did say he had apologized to those who were offended privately.

'I never did a public flogging thing for this but I did apologize personally to angry/hurt people who reached out personally,' he said. 'It was a joke so inept that it meant something very different in my head & I regret the ableist plain reading of it!'

I never did a public flogging thing for this but I did apologize personally to angry/hurt people who reached out personally. it was a joke so inept that it meant something very different in my head & I regret the ableist plain reading of it!

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 20, 2018

Jennings also came under fire in November 2015, when he joked about a Star Wars fan suffering from terminal cancer who saw the franchise entry The Force Awakens shortly before his death.

It can't be a good sign that every fan who has seen the new Star Wars movie died shortly thereafter.

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 10, 2015

In his contrite tweet thread, the “Greatest of All Time” player indicated that he wanted to turn the page on this sordid chapter, saying that he aims to be 'kinder' in the new year.

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

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. 5/x

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 30, 2020

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Jennings was announced as the interim host of for Jeopardy! after legendary host Alex Trebek died from pancreatic cancer in November. A long-term replacement for Trebek has not been named. Before Jennings's hosting debut, starting Jan. 11, the show will air '10 of [Trebek's] best episodes' after Christmas. Trebek's final week of episodes will air the week of Jan. 4.

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