“Jeopardy!” contestant Kelly Donohue “unequivocally” condemned White supremacy and racism on Thursday after viewers accused him of flashing a hand gesture throughout Tuesday’s episode that has turn out to be synonymous with White supremacist teams.
The returning champion appeared on Tuesday’s episode of the competitors trivia present and through the present’s introductions, Donohue appeared to carry up the final three fingers on his proper hand, forming an “OK” signal touching his forefinger to his thumb and holding it to his chest. Donohue then tapped his chest 3 times with the hand gesture.
The on-air second resulted in Donohue receiving immense backlash from at-home viewers and previous contestants. The gesture many accused him of utilizing has been labeled as an emblem of hate by the Anti-Defamation League as of 2019.
“I’m really horrified with what has been posted about me on social media. I completely, unequivocally condemn white supremacy and racism of any variety. Individuals who know me personally know that I’m not a racist, however for the general public at massive it bears repeating: I’m not a racist and I reject and condemn white supremacy and all types of bigotry for the evil they’re,” Donohue wrote in a prolonged assertion on Fb.
“It’s shameful to me to suppose anybody would attempt to use the stage of ‘Jeopardy!’ to advance or promote such a disgusting agenda. Throughout the taping of my fourth episode, I used to be merely elevating three fingers to mark my third win. There was nothing extra I used to be making an attempt to point,” he mentioned.
“I deeply remorse this horrible misunderstanding. I by no means meant to harm a soul and I guarantee you I’m no pal of racists or white supremacists,” his submit continues.
This isn’t the primary time Donohue has spoken out on social media for the reason that airing of Tuesday’s episode. In a since-deleted Fb submit, he vehemently denied signaling something apart from the quantity three.
“That’s a three. No extra. No much less.” Donohue wrote.
Donohue in addition to reps for “Jeopardy!” didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
In the meantime, a proper letter from greater than 400 alleged former “Jeopardy!” contestants printed to Medium on Wednesday known as for showrunners to behave on the alleged condemned hand gesture.
“This, whether or not intentional or not, resembled very carefully a gesture that has been coopted by white energy teams, alt proper teams, and an anti-government group that calls itself the Three Percenters,” the letter reads.
It goes on to say: “No matter his acknowledged intent, the gesture is a racist canine whistle. Among the first individuals to note this weren’t affiliated with ‘Jeopardy!’ in any method — they had been viewers who couldn’t consider what they’d seen, captured it on video, and shared it to Twitter. Amongst them had been individuals of shade who, for sure, are attuned to racist messaging and never appreciative that the present allowed this image to be broadcast.”