Sportscaster and entertainment personality Terry Bradshaw has apologized for a comment he made Monday about Korean-American comedian Ken Jeong.
"I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I've known for some time," Bradshaw, 70, told Newsday in a statement released later that day. "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."
Bradshaw had appeared as a contestant on the Fox musical game-show competition "The Masked Singer," on which Jeong, 49, was a judge alongside Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Masquerading in a deer costume, the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer was eliminated in the third episode, airing Jan. 16.
At Fox's annual upfront presentation for advertisers Monday at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre, Bradshaw was discussing his time on the show. "Unfortunately, I was kicked off by Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan," he said, according to transcripts of the comment at TheWrap.com and CNN. The late actor Alan Thicke is the father of singer Robin Thicke, and Jeong is the Detroit-born son of South Korean immigrants.
Jeong appeared onstage during the upfront to help promote "The Masked Singer," which has been renewed for a third season before the second, set for fall, has even commenced, but he did not mention Bradshaw's remark. Neither he nor Bradshaw have commented on social media, and Jeong's representative did not respond to a Newsday request for comment.
Bradshaw had announced on Saturday he will headline a musical review, "The Terry Bradshaw Show," at the Luxor Las Vegas hotel-casino in August. Jeong, best known for the "Hangover" film trilogy and the sitcom "Community," appears in several films scheduled to open this year and next.