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Jeopardy star Ken Jennings apologises for resurfaced tweets with ableist messaging


#Jeopardy! all-star #Ken #Jennings, who’s set to guest host the quiz show beginning on #Jan. 11, has apologized after tweets with ableist messaging resurfaced earlier this year.

“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 in the first of five tweets. “#Sometimes they worked as jokes in my head and I was dismayed to see how they read on screen.”

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#His apology comes in the wake of recent criticism over the old social media posts, which appeared to make jokes at the expense of people with disabilities.

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#In #November, #Sony #Pictures #Television announced that #Jennings would serve as one of the interim hosts for #Jeopardy! after legendary host #Alex #Trebek died of pancreatic cancer. #Shortly after, #Twitter users, including actor #Yvette #Nicole #Brown, voiced their discontent with the decision due to #Jennings’ past comments about disabilities. #One tweet from 2014 read, “#Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”

The game show host addressed the specific tweet in 2018, noting that he personally apologised to people who reached out to him and that he regretted the joke’s ableist tone.

#Jeopardy host #Alex #Trebek, poses contestant #Ken #Jennings after his earnings from his record breaking streak on the gameshow surpassed US$1 million #July 14, 2004 in #Culver #City, #California. (#Getty)

#Jennings also explained on #Wednesday that he didn’t delete the controversial posts to avoid any appearance that he was trying to “whitewash a mistake.” #He said he does not stand by those past remarks and understands why they were hurtful.

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

#Jennings, known for having the longest winning streak on “#Jeopardy!,” said he hopes to head into the new year with kindness in mind.

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

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