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‘Jeopardy!’ star Ken Jennings apologizes for ‘unartful’ tweets, including about Barron Trump

Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings publically apologized on Wednesday for what he termed as past “unartful and insensitive” tweets. This apology comes less than two weeks before he’ll begin his stint as the interim host of the show after the passing of longtime host Alex Trebek. He says he takes responsibility for his tweets, stating that he “screwed up” and is now “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,” Jennings stated in a Twitter thread. “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 added.

“But I think that practice may have given the impression I stand by every failed joke I’ve ever posted here. Not at all!” the Jeopardy! star stated. “Sometimes I said dumb things in a dumb way, and I want to apologize to people who were (rightfully!) offended.”

After going woke, Jennings issued an apology to anyone he’s hurt with his tweets.

“It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone, but that doesn’t matter: I screwed up, and I’m truly sorry,” Jennings stated.

Jennings previously apologized for mocking President Trump’s son Barron on Twitter in May of 2017: “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.”

He remains one of the top choices to replace Trebek permanently as the host of the primetime game show.

Other controversial tweets from Jennings include a 2015 joke about a terminal “Star Wars” fan who viewed “The Force Awakens” before he died.

The past tweets resurfaced after it was announced that Jennings would be the first guest host of the game show.

Some Twitter users responded by sharing some of the now-deleted tweets, including one from 2014 in which Jennings wrote “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.” He addressed it four years later when someone retweeted his words. “I never did a public flogging for this but I did apologize personally to angry/hurt people who reached out personally,” Jennings said. “It was a joke so inept that it meant something very different in my head [and] I regret the ableist plain reading of it.” The tweet has since been deleted.

Jennings first competed on the show in 2003, when he appeared on 74 games in a row — the longest winning streak in the show’s history. Jennings also had the highest winnings in regular-season play ($2,520,700). In 2011, he famously played and lost to IBM computer Watson. He beat fellow Jeopardy! champions James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter to win the show’s Greatest of All Time tournament in primetime. Jennings has become so synonymous with Jeopardy! that he joined the show as a consulting producer and occasionally popped up to deliver clues when the 37th season debuted in September.

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