Ken Jennings held his hands up and said: ‘I screwed up, and I’m truly sorry’ (Picture: Rex)
New Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings had apologised for his old ‘insensitive’ tweets ahead of his takeover on the show.
The former contestant, who is set to guest present the show in January, posted a statement owning up to his wrongdoings, stating he didn’t intend to hurt anyone.
Ken’s apology comes after he faced backlash for tweeting: ‘Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair’ in 2014.
He had previously addressed the now-deleted post, however, it had resurfaced on social media in light of his Jeopardy! guest spot.
‘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,’ Ken penned. ‘Sometimes they worked as jokes in my head and I was dismayed to see how they read on screen.
‘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.
‘But I think that practice may have given the impression I stand by every failed joke I’ve ever posted here. Not at all!’
Ken continued: ‘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.
‘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.’
Ken, 46, famously made Jeopardy! history after winning 74 straight games in 2004 and into 2005.
His record-breaking streak saw him earn $3,370,700 (£2,525,176), one of the highest amounts in the show’s history.