“Jeopardy!” star Ken Jennings, who will replace the late Alex Trebek as interim host next month, apologized on Wednesday for “unartful and insensitive” tweets over several years.

Jennings took to Twitter to “own up” to several of his controversial tweets, writing that “sometimes they worked as jokes in my head and I was dismayed to see how they read on screen.”


The quiz show champion has faced backlash over the years, including writing in 2014 that there is “nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair."

Jennings in 2018 refused to delete the tweet after it was condemned as “deeply offensive,” writing that he deemed it as “whitewashing.”

He also faced criticism for a 2015 joke about a terminal "Star Wars" fan who viewed “The Force Awakens” before he died. Jennings also deleted a tweet mocking President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE’s youngest son, Barron Trump, in 2011. 

On Wednesday, Jennings said he previously kept up his bad tweets so they “could be dunked on.”


“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 wrote. “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 concluded by writing that 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 wrote. 

Jennings, who previously won 74 games of “Jeopardy!” in a row, was named interim host following the death of the longtime host Trebek in November.

The episodes hosted by Jennings are set to air in January, following Trebek’s final week of shows beginning on Jan. 4.

A permanent replacement for Trebek has not yet been named, according to the statement.