Despite recently being renewed for a third season, there is some drama happening right now around The Masked Singer! Season one’s Deer, Terry Bradshaw, made a racially insensitive comment about Ken Jeong at FOX’s upfronts this week.
What he said caused an uproar and led to Terry’s eventual apology.
Here’s what caused the backlash. Terry Bradshaw, who has been a part of the FOX family for a while, doing sports commentating, discussed his appearance on The Masked Singer at the FOX upfronts. Terry said that he was “kicked off by Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan.”
Woah, a lot to unpack here. First of all, it was Robin Thicke, not Alan Thicke, on the judging panel. Alan was Robin’s father, who passed away in 2016 at age 69. And aside from his comment being rude to Ken Jeong (which was obviously intentional), it’s also inaccurate. Ken is Korean-American, born in Detroit. His parents immigrated to America from South Korea.
Terry has since apologized, saying:
“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.”
Ken Jeong has not made any comment since the remark.