“Jeopardy!” star-turned host Ken Jennings has decided to issue an apology regarding past insensitive tweets he shared that recently resurfaced.
Once Jennings was announced as the late Alex Trebek’s first guest host replacement on the hit game show, the years-old tweets were seemingly brought to light right around the same time.
On Wednesday, the star took to his personal Twitter once again, this time to apologize for his past statements and clear the air around his name in light of these revelations.
Once Alex Trebek passed away after a long and hard battle with pancreatic cancer, it was announced shortly after that Jennings, who has won a record 74 consecutive times on the game show, would become his first guest host replacement.
Almost immediately, controversy around the decision arose, with fans pointing out the “Greatest of All Time” “Jeopardy!” player has had a controversial past on the internet, giving way to this new revelation about a past statement he made that rightfully angered many, leading him to apologize.
From his Twitter, Jennings posted, “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.”
“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,” he went on to say about his decisions to wipe the social media account of any wrongdoing.
“But I think that practice may have given the impression I stand by every failed joke I’ve ever posted here. Not at all!” He defended his posts as comedic in nature by saying in the following threaded tweet.
When it came to actually owning up to his mistakes, Jennings made other quips about himself and then offered a candid apology for his mistakes.
“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,” he wrote.
Goals For A Better 2021
Jennings words appear to paint him as apologetic for his past actions, and include a vow to do better into the new year. With that, he preaches kindness and a conscious review of what he has learned through all the recent controversy.
“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,” he said, reflecting on all that has occurred within the past 12 months.