terry bradshaw & bucket of chicken*According to TMZ, FOX NFL analyst Terry Bradshaw is “really upset” because he’s being accused of racism.

The accusations come in light of him comparing a Reggie Bush TD run on Sunday to someone chasing a “bucket of chicken.” However, tells TMZ there’s a simple explanation — that his co-analyst-host, Jimmy Johnson, is a fiend for chicken!

We just spoke to FOX NFL analysts Johnson and Bradshaw … who said he was unaware there was any controversy until friends started calling him this morning.

Bradshaw explained it’s a Sunday tradition for JJ to order a bucket of KFC after they wrap the pregame show — and yesterday was no exception. Bradshaw says Johnson “won’t share it with anybody” … and everyone on set rips him for it.

Johnson backed up the bucket tale … telling us, “Every Sunday I get 4 pieces of fried chicken, dark meat, and I eat it right there on the set.”

Bradshaw tells us yesterday’s chicken comment was an innocent shot at one of his co-stars … something he commonly does during highlights.

TB says, “I’m having a hard time with this … because that’s not me. I never put those two things together because I don’t think like that.”

Bradshaw adds, “I understand why people are upset because they don’t know the inside story.”