NFL Host Apologizes After Calling Ken Jeong a ‘Little Short Guy From Japan’

“Fox NFL Sunday” host Terry Bradshaw apologized to Ken Jeong after referring to him with a racially-insensitive description.

The former NFL quarterback made his remarks following his elimination on “The Masked Singer” on Monday, saying he was “kicked off by Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan.”


Bradshaw, 70, was referring to singer Robin Thicke, son of Alan Thicke, and Jeong, who both served as panelists on the show.

Jeong, 49, was born in Detroit to parents who immigrated from South Korea — he is not Japanese.

Image via YouTube / The Masked Singer

“I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I’ve known for some time,” Bradshaw said, according to Variety. “I’ve spoken to him about the importance of cultural respect and apologized for my offensive comments.”

He added, “I would like to also apologize to the Asian-American community for my insensitivity.”

Image via YouTube / The Masked Singer

“The Masked Singer,” which has been renewed for a second and third season, features celebrities singing anonymously while dressed up as animals.

Bradshaw, who competed in the first season, dressed up like a deer when he was eliminated in week three, People noted.

Image via YouTube / The Masked Singer

It’s unclear whether Bradshaw and Jeong had interacted backstage at the show. But as expected, the Fox host’s problematic comment drew flak on social media:

“The Masked Singer” returns for Season 2 in the fall, while Season 3 arrives in February 2020.

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