Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! Fame Tweets Offensive Wheelchair Joke, Faces Backlash

Game show guru turned author goes on to seemingly take a crack at Britney Spears' use of auto-tune

By Rebecca Macatee Sep 23, 2014 5:23 PMTags
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Ken Jennings, otherwise known as the guy who had a crazy long winning-streak on Jeopardy! in the mid-2000s, proved that even a clever man can be quite dull.

In other words, the game show guru turned author was a total twit on Twitter Monday when he wrote, seemingly out of nowhere, "Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair."

Um, what? Understandably, this offensive tweet got some harsh reactions from disabled and abled tweeters alike!

One user even Photoshopped a picture of Jennings on Jeopardy, showing him answering, "The best way to describe yourself, Ken Jennings," with, "What is a giant douche?"

Another person, however, tweeted to Jennings that his off-color joke was "Probably your best," to which he responded, "The Internet does not agree." As of Tuesday morning, though, this was the only acknowledgement Jennings made publicly to the backlash from his insensitive joke.

It seemed he tried to divert the attention, though, when he seemingly made a crack about Britney Spears' occasional use of auto-tune.

Dissing people in wheelchairs and America's pop princess? Not gonna make too many friends that way.