Seann Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings was named as the first interim guest after Death of Alex Trebek. Ahead of air-recorded incidents, Jennings apologized for tweets in the past. Here is what happened and what he said.
Ken Jennings competes heavily in ‘Jeopardy! history
Jennings became famous when he broke the record of the winners Jeopardy! history. His streak began in 2004, lasting for five months. He earned more than $ 2 million for his first run, setting a world record for money earned on a game show and making a household name for him.
In the years that followed, Jennings remained attached to the show. He returned for many specials Jeopardy! competitions, including the “Greatest of All Time” contest, which began in January 2020. Again, Jennings won, taking home a $ 1 million prize in the first place.
After Alex Trebek died in 2020, Jennings was named interim guest
In 2019, Trebek was diagnosed with cancer. He died in November 2020. “Alex was not the best thing he ever did.” Jennings tweeted after announcing his death. “He was also a kind and kind man, and I’m grateful for every minute I spent with him.”
Years before his death, Trebek noted that Jennings would make a good host. Jennings became an advisory representative on him Jeopardy! in September 2020, takes on this additional responsibility. “We will start again at 11/30 with a series of temporary guests from the Jeopardy! family – starting with Ken Jennings, ”he tweeted on the show’s official account.
Offensive tweets reappeared after the news
Although this trend was not expected Jeopardy! fans, some were not happy to hear Jennings ’name in conjunction with the show. After all, he made headlines in previous years for offensive tweets, most notably one in which he said, “There is nothing easier than a hot person in a wheelchair.”
In 2018, one Twitter user commented on this, writing, “I don’t think Ken Jennings ever apologized” the tweet. “I have never done anything public about this but I have personally apologized for getting angry / hurt people out in person,” Jennings replied. He later deleted the original tweet.
Jennings apologized for what he had said before
More than a month after it was announced as an interim Jeopardy! host, Jennings took to Twitter to offer a bigger apology. “I just wanted to make sure that, over the years on Twitter, I have tweeted some careless and insensitive things,” he began. “Sometimes they worked like funny in my head and it was disappointing to see how they read on the screen. ”
He continued. “In the past, I would usually leave up bad tweets just to stop them. At least that way they could lead to smart answers and even advocacy. By removing them they felt like a mistake. ” Jennings added. “But I think that practice may have given me the perspective that I stand with all the jokes that I have ever failed to make here. Not at all!”
“Sometimes I have said dumb things in a dumb way and I want to apologize to people who did (right!),” The thread continued. “It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone, but that doesn’t matter: I came up, and I’m really sorry.”