Hollywood Celebrates Around Online Bonfire As Mike Richards Steps Down As Jeopardy! Host

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Did Mike Richards step down as Jeopardy host?

But he lasted as the host of "Jeopardy!" for just one taping day. The producer-turned-host who positioned himself as Alex Trebek's rightful heir said Friday he has "stepped down," citing the controversy over "past incidents and comments." ... Sony's decision to cast Richards as host roiled the "Jeopardy!" fan community. WLS-TVNewly named 'Jeopardy!' host Mike Richards steps down amid outcry over podcast comments

Who is Mike Richards jeopardy?

Three-time Daytime Emmy® Award winner and 17-time nominee Mike Richards is executive producer of two of the most successful game shows of all time: "Wheel of Fortune" and Jeopardy! He joined the iconic syndicated stalwarts in 2020 after producing over 4,000 hours of game show programming. jeopardy.comMike Richards | Jeopardy.com

I’ll take snarky comments for $100. That’s the attitude displayed so far by Hollywood reactions to the news that Mike Richards has stepped down as the host of Jeopardy! after one show.

Richards, a controversial choice ever since he was announced as the host that would replace longtime face of the show Alex Trebek, decided today to step down and reopen the search for a new host. That’s after a devasating expose of past sexist and off-color comments made during a podcast some seven years ago left his position untenable. He will stay on as the show’s executive producer.

The online world gave him a hearty and unsentimental send-off today after the news broke, including a dig by former Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer. But at least one celebrity (a former tryout for the how hosting duties) found a reason to smile.

— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) August 20, 2021

Mike Richards is living a Twilight Zone episode about a white guy who finally found someone to listen to his podcast.

— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) August 20, 2021

Mike Richards should be removed as an Exec Producer of Jeopardy simply for not realizing what an inappropriate choice Mike Richards would be as host. He must have known what Mike Richards had said on that podcast.

— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) August 20, 2021

Mike Richards is staying on as EP of Jeopardy and therefore I would pay a thousand dollars to get to watch the production meeting on the new host’s first day.

— Daniel Powell (@danieljpowell) August 20, 2021

Me enjoying watching @Jeopardy tarnish its legacy a little more every day with each new #MikeRichards revelation: pic.twitter.com/fcVOz4Raln

— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) August 19, 2021

When LeVar Burton see Mike Richards at the Jeopardy office pic.twitter.com/dMUqqxXDu3

— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) August 20, 2021

My favorite part of the Jeopardy story is all of the folks acting like Mike Richards is the first underqualified white guy with skeletons in his closet to be hired over a bunch of better qualified people.

— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) August 19, 2021

I was really looking forward to the season premiere where after an exhaustive 61-clue search for the next Jeopardy champion, the show looks past the three obvious candidates and declares Mike Richards the winner

— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 20, 2021

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I know he wasn’t one of the try-outs or considered in contention or anything, but I think Penn Jillette would be a perfect choice.

THERE WERE A FEW REALLY GOOD HOSTS . THE LAST GUY THAT DID IT WAS AWESOME AND A FEW DIDNT DO SO WELL. LAVAR IS NOT TOP 5 THO SORRY . lOVE LAVAR BUT YEA )

Fascinating how the bar is higher for a game show host than it is for a Supreme Court candidate or US President.

Absolutely incompetent for Sony not to also remove Richards as EP. How can he be trusted at this point? None of the guest hosts who auditioned in good faith knew they were also competing with him, so by definition Richards was unethically rigging the game. Who in their right mind would want to go work for him now? This is still a huge mess.

Sony should formally apologize for putting the public through the past year of BS talent show stunt hosts. Most were likely never even serious potential hosts, and the last year ruined the show. Integrity and honoring the show needs to be restored. Sony must apologize for being asleep at the wheel.

Just get Bob Costas and be done with it already.

I think David Faber is an excellent choice. His demeanor reminded me of Alex.

So much joy! All my depression and sadness is now gone! It’s only gonna last for about 12hrs but so what. Will look for the next problematic person starting tomorrow night

First off, who are most of these people?

Second, they should all watch out, eventually the woke mob comes for everyone, especially those who shout the loudest.

The pettiness and cruelty is just remarkable.

I agree. Richards should never have put those quality candidates through such a circus.

The white guy… the whiiite guy… the whiiaaate guy

That’s what this all about when it comes to “Hollywood.” They don’t want white people to live. Period. They want us dead.

Thank you for that laugh! I needed that!🤣🤣🤣

so you’re defending his comments? If you know what he said, and you really wanna stick on that side be my guest. But it sounds to me like maybe your culture warring this without actually reading or listening to the context and its a bit of a bad look my man.

Are you for real? Does that even work? We know what you are doing, Troll… and on the behalf of all the decent, educated people… SHUT UP!

So many mentions of his race. 🤔

Burton still thinking he has a chance ROFL

Who are these people? Other than Holzhauer and Burton.

Yet these same celebrities will defend or at least have no problem working with even worse people like Quentin Tarantino, James Gunn and David O. Russell – to name a few.

Exactly. We need ethical leaders in Hollywood. People with the moral fortitude of Matt Gaetz, Strom Thurmond, or even Rudy Giuliani. I mean he hosted SNL and was better than any of those disgusting liberals. May they burn in hell!

Keep the guest hosts going until a good one emerges. And that means NO to Jennings, Oz, Rodgers and Burton.

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Mike Richards Out as ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Amid Cascade of Scandals

Variety 20 August, 2021 - 09:06am

By Cynthia Littleton

Mike Richards is out as “Jeopardy!” host, just nine days after he was tapped to succeed the legendary Alex Trebek as the face of the beloved quiz show.

Richards, who is also executive producer of “Jeopardy!,” saw his hold on the job undone with astonishing speed after unflattering and downright ugly details surfaced about his past conduct and statements he made on an eight-year-old podcast series. He will remain the show’s executive producer and episodes that Richards shot on Thursday in his first and only day as “Jeopardy!” permanent host will run as scheduled to start off the new season on Sept. 13.

On Friday, Sony Pictures TV confirmed that Richards had agreed to step aside as host. In a statement, Richards said the backlash had created “too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show.”

“Jeopardy!” has no choice but to run the Richards-hosted episodes taped Thursday because of the need for contuinity among contestants, given that the winner of each episode continues to compete on the following episode.

Richards’ hasty exit as host came a day after the Anti-Defamation League called for an investigation after a report surfaced in The Ringer that Richards made disparaging remarks about Jews, women and other groups in episodes of the comedy podcast “The Randumb Show” recorded in 2013 and 2014.

In the podcast, Richards had asked his female assistant and his female co-host whether they had ever taken nude photos, or in his words, “booby pictures.” In another episode, he called his co-host a “booth ho.”

In the end, Sony concluded that Richards’ image was too battered for him to take the helm of one of television’s most prestigious and popular brands. The irony is that the studio moved in his favor because he was seen as a neutral personality rather than an established name that might overshadow the show and its famously rapid fire, answers-in-the-form-of-a-question format.

“We support Mike’s decision to step down as host,” Sony Pictures TV said. “We were surprised this week to learn of Mike’s 2013/2014 podcast and the offensive language he used in the past.  We have spoken with him about our concerns and our expectations moving forward.”

But the studio also voiced support for him remaining in his role as executive producer. A new round of guest hosts will be tapped to tape episodes to launch the show’s 38th year in syndication next month. Richards began his first day of taping as permanent host on Aug. 19, which turned out to be his last day in the role.

Sony learned the hard way how much America loves “Jeopardy!” The search for the host to follow in the footsteps of Trebek, who died last November at age 80, was a long series of guest host turns by such notables as Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker, Dr. Mehmet Oz, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Aaron Rodgers and former contestants Ken Jennings and Buzzy Cohen.

When Richards was named as the permanent successor, vocal “Jeopardy!” fans complained loudly on social media that the fix was in from Richards. The nitty gritty details of the behind-the-scenes selection process was scrutinized on the level of a Supreme Court appointment. Internet-fueled speculation proliferated about Richards’ ability to sabotage other hosts by editing episodes to make them look bad. There was outrage that Richards as executive producer had the final say on the guest-hosted episodes sent for focus group testing. Richards added fuel to the fire with more than a few examples of sophomoric behavior that made him seen by the “Jeopardy!” faithful as unfit to follow Trebek behind the lectern.

Sony was caught by surprise by the news of Richards’ past podcast work and the edgy comments that fueled more outrage against his selection as host. A source close to the situation said there was concern that Richards was cavalier enough to use such language and attitude toward women in a public forum of a podcast even after he’d been involved in two discrimination lawsuits a few years before.

In 2010 and 2011, multiple models working on “Price Is Right” accused Richards and others of discriminating against them for becoming pregnant while working on the show. He was accused of making disparaging remarks about some of the women and for taking steps to freeze them out of the series. Richards issued a statement last week disputing the characterization in the lawsuit as “not who I am.” 

Richards’ role as executive producer may become awkward as Sony begins the search for a host anew, given that his desire for the job has been made crystal clear.

Richards was named permanent host on Aug. 11, six days after Variety reported he was in advanced negotiations for the coveted job. At the same time, Sony Pictures named Bialik, who was a fan favorite during the guest host run that began in January, as host of “Jeopardy!” primetime specials and a spinoff series.

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