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‘What the hell’? Ken Jennings really stepped in it with this ‘wheelchair’ tweet

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http://twitter.com/#!/OopsNate/status/514125400407298048

Or maybe not so much.

Earlier today, the former “Jeopardy!” champ and perpetual jerk thought he’d remind just how clever he is:

Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014

Needless to say, that didn’t go over with a lot of people:

@KenJennings Ken :(

— Wilson Carlisle (@WilframAlpha) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings I just…how can you even think this is ok to say? I can't even express how many levels this can be hurtful on. Goodbye.

— Jordan Goldstein (@thetabyte) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings You might want to rethink this one.

— Matt Young (@ThisMattYoung) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings #unfollow

— Hafthor Stefansson ❎ (@hafthor) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings lapse in judgment here.

— Mark Ashton (@Arkmashton) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings Not funny.

— Sharon Wong (@sharonw) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings I think that expressing that sentiment can do harm to people, regardless of whether you believe it.

— Jordan Goldstein (@thetabyte) September 22, 2014

Wow @KenJennings is a SERIOUS asshat. Enjoy that 15mins buddy.

— chrishanrahan (@chrishanrahan) September 22, 2014

Decidedly not cool, as said by a happy hottie with a walking stick. RT @KenJennings: Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”

— Angela Clarke (@TheAngelaClarke) September 22, 2014

To any young people out there with a disability, you are perfect just the way you are. Ken Jennings can stick my walking stick up his bum.

— Angela Clarke (@TheAngelaClarke) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings @sween @matthewbaldwin @biorhythmist real dip shit thing to say.

— Ashwin (@ashwindeshmukh) September 22, 2014

@knottyyarn @KenJennings how awful for someone who writes books for youth. Terrible role model.

— Nina A. (@NinaPleases) September 22, 2014

@jonahweiland @KenJennings "I'll take Dumb Tweets From a Supposedly Smart Guy for $500, Alex."

— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) September 22, 2014

What a douche bag. https://t.co/FVtRQQahji

— Juliet Mushens (@mushenska) September 22, 2014

I guess it's appropriate for me to tweet this again, @kenjennings. pic.twitter.com/E8fXUjZDUP

— Matthew (@Matthops82) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings I can't even begin to explain the depths of shittiness in this tweet.

— k k leroux (@newsyleroux) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings What the hell, Ken? Not okay.

— Emily Aviva Kapor (@EmilyAviva) September 22, 2014

Stay classy Ken Jennings

— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings You're a dick. #unfollow

— Kelly Teresko (@kteresko) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings not funny, even in the slightest.

— Dan Carson (@okdan) September 22, 2014

Who's this prick, and why does he tweet fucked up nonsense? RT @KenJennings: Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.

— Ridley (@_Ridley_) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings Really insensitive, horrible comment.

— Jenny Reynolds (@jreynolds0316) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings pretty offensive, Ken. Money and gameshow prowess didn't buy you basic human decency.

— Russ Enright (@russen58) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings Wow. There are so many awful things about that sentence I don't even know where to start. Maybe rethink this one.

— harmony (@fonticulus) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings This is disappointing as hell, Ken. You're smarter than this. Or maybe you're not. WTF, dude.

— Ashton Treadway (@ashtontreadway) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings Nothing sadder than an intelligent man behaving like the lowest common denominator of frathouse dudebros.

— Erin Hicks (@ErintheHealer) September 22, 2014

@KenJennings Nothings sadder than a smart person giving in to stupidity.

— Ira Kates (@IraKates) September 22, 2014

I think you just disproved your own theory. RT @KenJennings Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.

— Nicole Witte (@TheNicoleWitte) September 22, 2014

.@KenJennings i've got one thing sadder: an asshole with a twitter account.

— Heather Ratcliff (@MortuaryReport) September 22, 2014

(Hat tip: @gypsyluc)

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

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