The Fox NLF commentator referred to panelist Ken Jeong, who is Korean American, as “the little short guy from Japan.”
Terry Bradshaw is backtracking from some apparent off-the-cuff remarks he made during Fox’s upfronts Monday night which were racially insensitive.
The NFL commentator was talking about his experiences on the FOX reality sensation "The Masked Singer" when he cracked some jokes about a couple of the show’s judges, including comedian Ken Jeong.
After referring to Robin Thicke by his late father Alan’s name, Bradshaw called Jeong "the little short guy from Japan." Jeong is American of South Korean descent. It is inherently racist and dismissive to ignore someone’s heritage and assume all people of Asian descent are from the same country, not to mention perpetuating harmful stereotypes.
Apparently after some time to reflect, Bradshaw has realized the seriousness of his remarks.
"I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I’ve known for some time," he said in a statement to Variety. "I’ve spoken to him about the importance of cultural respect and apologized for my offensive comments. I would like to also apologize to the Asian-American community for my insensitivity."
Ken Jeong, who was also on-site to promote "The Masked Singer" more directly, did not acknowledge Bradshaw’s comments at all when he took the stage.
Already renewed for a third season, Ken Jeong and "The Masked Singer" will kick off Season 2 in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot on Fox, which will likely feature commentary from Terry Bradshaw. Hopefully, he’ll be much more careful about what he says and use this as a genuine learning experience.
When he was corrected on-site by Howie Long about Jeong’s heritage, Bradshaw said he didn’t care where Jeong was from, he’d kicked him off the show. That part isn’t accurate, either, as it was voting from the in-studio audience that determined which singers got unmasked every week.
"The Masked Singer" features celebrities from all walks of life singing while wearing masks in front of a panel of judges making laughably terrible guesses as to who they might be. Each week, one or more are voted off until only one singer stands as the winner.
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