Former NFL quarterback and sports commentator Terry Bradshaw managed to stick his foot in his mouth twice in the span of mere seconds during the Fox upfronts this past Monday. Per Variety, when he recounted his brief appearance on Fox’s celebrity singing competition The Masked Singer, Bradshaw stated that he was “kicked off by Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan.”
If you’re able to stop cringing for just a moment (but only a for a moment, because holy shit), you might be able to discern who he was actually attempting to reference, which were judges Robin Thicke - singer and son of aforementioned Alan Thicke, who died in 2016 - and actor/comedian Ken Jeong, who is actually from Detroit and Korean-American. Bradshaw received justified backlash from many who correctly cited the comment as racist and thoughtless. In response, he has apologized for his words about Jeong in a statement:
“I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I’ve known for some time. 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.”
Jeong, who was also present at upfronts, has not publicly commented on Bradshaw’s gaffe.