Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings Explains Not Deleting Divisive Tweets
As Ken Jennings prepares to fill in for the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, he has some explaining to do.
The show’s all-time winner turned to Twitter on Wednesday, Dec. 30, to make clear why he hadn’t deleted some controversial tweets from his past. In November, an outdated submit was unearthed that some labeled as ableist. Specially, 1 2014 message study, “Very little sadder than a sizzling particular person in a wheelchair.” He appeared to remove it soon after Trebek died of pancreatic most cancers at age 80 final thirty day period.
Jennings said this 7 days he desired to “possess up to the fact that about the several years on Twitter, I’ve unquestionably tweeted some unartful and insensitive factors.” The 46-12 months-outdated brainiac added, “At times they labored as jokes in my head and I was dismayed to see how they examine on monitor.”
His sequence of tweets spelled out that in the past he would leave “terrible tweets” up just so they could be “dunked on” and “lead to sensible replies and even advocacy.” He continued, “Deleting them felt like whitewashing a oversight,” and claimed, “But I assume that apply may have specified the impact I stand by each failed joke I have at any time posted here. Not at all!”