Ken Jennings is catching heat on social media for a past insensitive message, shortly after being named the interim “Jeopardy!” host in the wake of Alex Trebek’s death earlier this month.
On Monday, “Jeopardy!” revealed the former champion would serve as a guest host of the long-running game show. In response to the casting news, many on Twitter called out a 2014 tweet from Jennings that stated: “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”
As of Wednesday, the post from Jennings, 46, has not been deleted.
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown was among those commenting on Jennings’ casting, tweeting, “Nope,” alongside a “Jeopardy!” story. When pressed why, she told a follower, “Peep his old tweets and get back to me.”
In 2018, Jennings addressed the controversial remark, posting: “I never did a public flogging thing for this but I did apologize personally to angry/hurt people who reached out personally. it was a joke so inept that it meant something very different in my head & I regret the ableist plain reading of it!”
“Jeopardy!” is slated to return to production next Monday with Jennings.
Reps at Sony Pictures Entertainment did not immediately return our request for comment.