Terry Bradshaw issued an apology after making an offensive comment about Ken Jeong.
While discussing his stint on The Masked Singer during Fox’s upfront presentation on Monday, May 13, the former NFL quarterback, 70, mistakenly said he was “kicked off by Alan Thicke.” He meant judge Robin Thicke and not the singer’s actor father, who died in December 2016.
Bradshaw then said that he was also eliminated by “the little short guy from Japan,” an apparent reference to Jeong, who is of Korean descent.
In the wake of the controversy, the Fox NFL Sunday cohost expressed remorse for his remark.
“I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I’ve known for some time,” he said in a statement to Us Weekly. “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.”
Terry Bradshaw through the years
Terry Bradshaw through the years
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: FOX Sports commentator Terry Bradshaw looks on prior to the start of the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 21, 2018 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 38-7. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
UNDATED: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw #12 passes the ball. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Washington: President Nixon compares hands with All-American quarterback Terry Brads haw, of Louisiana Tech, when the latter called at the White House with a group from the school. Bradshaw was the number one draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1975: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw #12 pauses for the camera during a game during his first year in Professional Football. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 18, 1976: Quarterback Terry Bradshaw #12 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball to running back Rocky Bleier #20 during Super Bowl X on January 18, 1976 against the Dallas Cowboys at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The Steelers beat the Cowboys, 21-17 to win the professional football World Championship.19760118-JS-1976 Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images
(Original Caption) Denver: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw grins as he watches the action from Pittsburgh bench during the 12/15 Denver-Pittsburgh game. Bradshaw led his team to a 21-17 victory over the Denver Broncos.
Terry Bradshaw in the Superbowl (Photo by ï¿½ Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 20: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw #12 looks on from the sideline during a 31-19 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV on January 20, 1980, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Fred Roe/Getty Images)
Portrait of American sports commentator and former professional football player Terry Bradshaw as he stands with a microphone on duty for CBS Sports, 1982. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Terry Bradshaw (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
13 Jan 1991: Sportscaster and former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw looks on during a game between the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 28-10. Mandato
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 717 -- Pictured: (l-r) Former football player Terry Bradshaw, host Jay Leno on June 21, 1995 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
395640 03: Sportscaster and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw poses at event honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame October 11, 2001 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
American sports commentator Terry Bradshaw and British musician Paul McCartney on the Fox Broadcasting Halftime Show on Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana., February 3, 2002. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Terry Bradshaw conducts an interview at the Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, LA., on Sunday February 3, 2002. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
Terry Bradshaw interviews Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady on Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA., 2/3/02. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
PITTSBURGH,PA - OCTOBER 21, 2002: Former Pittsburgh Steelers' Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw with his daughters adresses the crowd as he is honored prior to a game on October 21, 2002 against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Bill Amatucci Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 23: Owner Jeffrey Lurie of the Philadelphia Eagles is interviewed by Terry Bradshaw of FOX Sports after the victory against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 23, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 27-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) FOX Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw speaks with musician Paul McCartney in the FOX Broadcast booth during the XXXIX Superbowl pregame show at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
BEVERY HILLS - MAY 13: Terry Bradshaw, NFL Hall of Famer/Television Host speaks the Erasing The Stigma Leadership Awards 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 13, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. Bradshaw was honored at the event. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Terry Bradshaw during 'Failure to Launch' New York City Premiere at Clearview Chelsea West Theatre in New York CIty, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
FOX commentator Terry Bradshaw interviews Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith at the NFC Championship game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on January 21, 2007. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3327 -- Pictured: Former football player and co-host of FOX NFL Sunday Terry Bradshaw during an interview on March 16, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Fox Sports NFL announcers Terry Bradshaw (R) and Curt Menefee talk on the sideline during halftime of a preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on August 18, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Eagles 24-14. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
EDISON, NJ - JUNE 11: American football player, Terry Bradshaw attends the Collectors Showcase of America at Raritan Center on June 11, 2011 in Edison, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 28: Television personality and former National Football League player Terry Bradshaw performs during the 'Terry Bradshaw: America's Favorite Dumb Blonde...A Life in Four Quarters,' show premiere at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on June 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Sports Legend and former NFL player Terry Bradshaw speaks onstage at the 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis)
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw warms up before the 2015 NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 29: Former NFL player Joe Namath (L) and honoree Terry Bradshaw attend the Friars Club Roast of Terry Bradshaw during the ESPN Super Bowl Roast at the Arizona Biltmore on January 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Friars Club)
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER -- 'Hong Kong' Episode 104 -- Pictured: Terry Bradshaw -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts as he is interviewed by Terry Bradshaw after defeating the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 49 to 15 in the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 02: TV host and former NFL player Terry Bradshaw speaks at the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Press Conference on February 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Terry Bradshaw attends the premiere of NBC's 'Better Late Than Never' at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 29, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Terry Bradshaw attends the premiere of 'Father Figures' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - Jimmy Kimmel Live!' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Wednesday, December 13 included Terry Bradshaw ('FOX NFL Sunday'), Yvette Nicole Brown ('The Mayor'), musical guest John Legend, and Sheila E. sitting in with Cleto and the Cletones. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long (56) celebrates by wearing a dog mask with Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw after the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 21, 2018 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 38-7. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The former Dr. Ken star, who has yet to publicly speak out about Bradshaw’s comment, opened up in August 2018 about the importance of working on The Masked Singer, which was adapted from South Korea’s program King of Mask Singer.
“It’s the most popular show in Korea and it’s my mom’s favorite show,” he told Variety. “[My parents are] so into the show that when I was offered to be a panelist on the show, my mom was like, ‘You’ve got to do this. You’ve got to do this.’ It’s as simple as that. My Korean mom told me to be on Masked Singer.”
The Masked Singer premiered on Fox in January with Jeong, Robin, Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger serving as panelists. T-Pain won season 1. The singing competition has been picked up for two more seasons, with the third set to premiere after the 2020 Super Bowl.
Us Weekly has reached out to Fox and Jeong for comment.
Season 1 Masked Singer competitors
Season 1 Masked Singer competitors
MASKED SINGER: Poodle. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Lion. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Unicorn. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Alien (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Bee. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Hippo. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Peacock. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Rabbit. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Raven. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Deer. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
MASKED SINGER: Monster. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)