‘Jeopardy!’ host Ken Jennings makes tasteless (and funny) joke about old folks. Again.

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Just a few years after making headlines for an offensive tweet aimed at wheelchair-bound people, Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings made another joke in a similar vein on Thursday, and again turned some heads.

After being named interim host in the wake of Alex Trebek’s passing back in 2020, Jennings was called out by various people for past tweets that many deemed offensive. During Thursday’s Champions Wildcard episode, Jennings made a joke about assisted living folks and drew plenty of reaction once more from viewers on social media.

Here’s a look at how the moment unfolded.

The joke

During the interview portion with Jen Jazwinski, a youth services librarian from Algonquin, Illinois, she had an anecdote about one of her previous times on the show and being able to discuss the influence her grandmothers have had on her.

“When I did that, her entire home where she lives was watching, and they stood and gave her a standing ovation during that part of the show,” Jazwinski told Jennings. “So that was a really special moment for her and for me.”

That’s when Jennings decided to retort.

“That’s great. And that means a lot in assisted living. Standing up: not easy… for all those people,” Jennings said, receiving laughter from the crowd and contestants before adding, “I would assume.”

The reaction

The game went on with Jazwinski winning and advancing in the semifinals of the current Champions Wildcard tournament.

But on X, formerly Twitter, viewers had plenty to say. Some laughed, some cringed and some did a little bit of both.

Ken’s history

One of the tweets that Jennings took the most flack for came in 2014 when he wrote, “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.” Before the big resurfacing in 2020, he was called out for that tweet back in 2018 and tweeted this as his response:

“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!”

Among those who called him out after getting the hosting gig in 2020 was actress Yvette Nicole Brown. It wasn’t until the tail end of 2020 that Jennings officially publicly apologized with a series of tweets.

No response yet on this latest comment from Jennings, who is serving as Jeopardy! host for the foreseeable future after co-host Mayim Bialik left the show amidst the strikes in Hollywood earlier this year.

Jeopardy! airs weeknights, check your local listings.

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