Ken Jennings Apologizes For Pre-Debut Tweets As Hazard! host
As the beginning of his time as Jeopardy! Ken Jennings apologizes for “inartistic and insensitive things” he tweeted in the past.
Jennings will make his debut as an interim host on Monday January 11th. In a Twitter thread posted on his personal account on Wednesday, the former Jeopardy! The champion said he wanted to “make” some “jokes” that he had posted on social media over the years that had recently surfaced again. One that has since been deleted read: “Nothing is sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”
“In the past, I’ve usually left bad tweets just so they could be submerged. In that way, at least, they could lead to wise answers and even endorsement. Erasing felt like covering up a mistake, ”he wrote. “But I think practice has given the impression that I stand by every failed joke I’ve ever posted here. Not at all!”
He continued, “Sometimes I’ve said stupid things in stupid ways, and I want to apologize to people who were (rightly!) Offended. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, but it doesn’t matter: I screwed up and I’m really sorry. “
Jennings’ rise to guest host was hinted at last September when he joined the show as a consultant producer. In this new role he presented his own special video categories, developed projects, supported the public relations of the participants and acted as general ambassador for the show. In November, he was appointed temporary innkeeper to replace the original host, Alex Trebek, who had died of pancreatic cancer weeks earlier.