Jess Allen Has Officially Apologized But She's Not Sorry To Everyone

She caused controversy this week for saying hockey players are "white boys" and "bullies."
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Jess Allen Has Officially Apologized But She's Not Sorry To Everyone

It’s been four days since The Social host Jess Allen caused considerable controversy in Canada for her “white boys” and "bullies" hockey criticism. After initially clapping-back at her haters online, Jess Allen has officially apologized for her hockey comments, but she’s made it clear that she's not sorry to everyone …

The CTV panellist made the controversial comments about hockey players while discussing the recent firing of Don Cherry on The Social, causing a major upset in Canada this week.

During the segment, Allen said she doesn’t “worship at the altar of hockey” and found, in her experience, that those who did “all tended to be white boys who weren’t, let’s say, very nice,” going on to call them “bullies.”

While she originally was clapping back at those who criticized her online, she has now shared an official apology, explaining "I regret saying that my experiences were personal instead of underlying that they were specific episodes from determined moments with particular individuals.”

CTV is also now apologizing to anyone who was offended by the comments made on The Social, noting that, “Your feedback has sparked much debate and introspection at The Social and CTV.”

In her apology, which was shared to Twitter on Thursday night, Allen wrote, "My answer, once again, is no. I don't believe that all hockey players are unkind, affluent bullies."

She went on, "... I offended many people. Not just our viewers, but parents, children, coaches, volunteers and hockey families everywhere. To you I apologize.”

However, Allen made it known that she was not apologizing to everyone, adding, "I still can't apologize to the very specific hockey players I was referring to on Tuesday."

In a statement on Thursday, CTV explained why they are not responding to calls to fire Jess Allen from The Social, noting, “We won’t restrict our hosts from offering their opinions on an opinion show, but we will always listen to viewers when they offer theirs.”

“We would like to apologize to everyone who was offended by the remarks,” CTV said.

On Thursday, Jess Allen made her Instagram account private, likely in response to all of the hate messages she has been receiving. 

Further, The Social also deleted their clip of the Don Cherry discussion from YouTube, which was originally posted earlier this week.

Hockey commentator Don Cherry was fired from Sportsnet earlier this week for his racist comments about immigrants wearing poppies.

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Helena Hanson
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Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Canada's Trending Desk focused on major news. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.
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