Bradshaw made the comments on Monday morning while talking about his exit from “The Masked Singer,” a reality TV competition in which Bradshaw participated.
- “I love to sing, as all of you know who have my records,” Bradshaw said to “Fox NFL Sunday” co-host Michael Strahan about his time on “The Masked Singer,” according to The Wrap. “Unfortunately, I was kicked off by Alan Thicke and the little short guy from Japan.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers legend was referring to Robin Thicke, who was one of the judges on the show, and Ken Jeong, another judge who was actually born in Detroit and is of Korean descent, USA Today reports.Comment on this story
- “I made an insensitive remark today about Ken, who I’ve known for some time,” Bradshaw said in a statement, according to Variety. “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.”
“The Masked Singer,” which debuted last fall to much fanfare across the country, is based on a Korean show of a similar style where competitors wear masks as they sing and unveil themselves as they are eliminated.
“The Masked Singer” — which featured such music legends as Donny Osmond and Gladys Knight — will return for a second season later this year. According to the Deseret News, Fox recently took over production of “The Masked Singer” to manage costs for the next season.