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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

Why did Mike Richards resign?

Friday, Richards resigned after offensive past comments he made in podcasts emerged. AILSA CHANG, HOST: ... All of this comes after reporting from The Ringer, which revealed sexist and offensive comments that Richards had made while hosting a podcast years ago. NPRThis New 'Jeopardy!' Host Has Already Resigned: Who Is Mike Richards

The exit has prompted many fans who initially pushed for the Star Trek: The Next Generation actor to host the show to have renewed hope that he may finally land the gig. One such fan is Reynolds, who likened Burton’s experience to how he scored the role of snarky superhero Deadpool.

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 20, 2021

Reynolds new film Free Guy features a cameo by the late Trebek, who passed away of pancreatic cancer. The actor tweeted of the appearance, "Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will."

Burton, who previously hosted the PBS series Reading Rainbow, was asked to be one of the guest hosts on Jeopardy! due to fans' excitement. The show also featured stars like Aaron Rodgers and Robin Roberts as it sought to find a more permanent replacement following the death of the longtime host.

Syesha Mercado, whose newborn daughter and son were taken by Child Protective Services, was just reunited with one of her children.

Things just got interesting in the search for the next Jeopardy! host. While the show’s producer, Mike Richards, was recently […] The post LeVar Burton says ‘Happy Friday’ as Black Twitter pokes fun at Richards’ ‘Jeopardy’ exit appeared first on TheGrio.

Mike Richards has stepped down as host of "Jeopardy!" — a week after landing the job and just days after he apologized for offensive and sexist comments he made on a resurfaced podcast.

Here's a quick summary of everything that happened on the internet this week, from political misinformation to influencer feuds.

Mike Richards announced he was stepping down after a report revealed he used offensive language about women and about Jewish people.

The "Reading Rainbow" icon's wholesome weekend greeting had some fans searching for subtext.

Thirty years ago, X-Men #1 rocked the comics world. It changed everything for Marvel's mutant team, and the comics industry, forever. The post How X-MEN #1 Changed Marvel Mutants Forever appeared first on Nerdist.

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. U.S. lawmakers are challenging TikTok on its plans to collect biometric data from its users.

Flights out of Afghanistan had stopped because of a backlog of refugees.

No one seems to be trying to lower expectations for Justin Fields at Halas Hall and that's telling.

The upcoming season of the "American Crime Story" follows the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton.

A majority of Japanese firms want Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to lose office through general elections that must be held this year, frustrated with the lack of leadership in his handling of COVID-19 and its economic fallout, a Reuters poll showed. The Reuters Corporate Survey shows the Olympics did not help keep support for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga from sliding below a make-or-break 30% threshold in some domestic media polls, clouding the fate of his premiership. "I cannot hold expectations for the opposition but at least the Suga administration should change," a manager of an information service firm wrote in the survey.

Even her husband had something to say! 🔥

Kim Zolciak-Biermann wrote on Instagram she's "so mad" Brielle posted a photo in their shared thong bikini first

A joke on the Apple TV+ show poked fun at the actors' ownership of the Wrexham AFC soccer team.

A "rare" video showing the duration of a Disney World ride with the lights on has garnered almost 8 million views.

The actress stepped out in another bold monochromatic look.

Sorry, Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles . Looks like the Westminster...

The World War II years continue to prove an irresistibly deep fountain of inspiration for writers and artists who continue to produce books, movies, and TV series about the last truly global military conflict. On the streaming front, recent examples include the forthcoming Apple TV+ adaptation of Donald L. Miller’s book Masters of the Air: … The post This gritty new thriller is your next Netflix obsession appeared first on BGR.

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Who should guest host Jeopardy next?

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Mike Richards steps down as 'Jeopardy!' host in wake of resurfaced offensive comments

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Dublin stargazers can set their sights on Jupiter tonight as the largest planet in the solar system will be closest to the Earth and at its brightest this week.

Jupiter will be in ‘opposition’ tonight which means it will appear directly opposite the Sun in the sky, with midnight tonight the time it will be closest to the Earth.

David Moore of Astronomy Ireland said Jupiter will be the brightest object in the sky.

“We have the planet Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system and the brightest 'star' like object in the sky coming closest to Earth this week, technically tonight Thursday," he said.

"Jupiter is closest to Earth this week so it’s at its very brightest and it also means it rises as the Sun sets and sets as the Sun rises, so in other words it’s up all night long from dusk until dawn. And because it’s the brightest thing in the night’s sky after the Moon, it’s incredibly easy to see.”

According to Mr Moore, the moon is closest to Jupiter on Saturday night and it will be "the highlight of the month."

"The moon will have Jupiter just above it so people looking at the moon on Saturday will see this brilliant star just to the upper left of the moon. And that will be very special because of the two brightest objects in the sky that night," he added.

Anyone with binoculars are urged to get them out tonight to see the spectacle, and to try hold them steady to see up to four of Jupiter’s moons extremely close to the planet.

Although it will occur at night time, the Moon and Jupiter are so bright that even smartphone cameras will be able to snap the pair.

Astronomy Ireland magazine wants everyone to send their best photo to magazine@astronomy.ie for publication in next month's magazine.

Ryan Reynolds Has the Perfect Tweet in Support of LeVar Burton

The Mary Sue 21 August, 2021 - 05:10pm

Ryan Reynolds, Yvette Nicole Brown, Keith Olbermann and Roxane Gay were among those who reacted to the news of Richards' departure and Sony's decision to pass over Burton.

By Abbey White

Entertainment and media figures are responding to the news that Jeopardy! is once again searching for a new host following executive producer Mike Richards’ announcement that he would be stepping down from the role a week after he was selected to take over for longtime host Alex Trebek.

On Friday, producer Sony Pictures Television announced Richards was stepping down following a number of controversies that emerged during his brief hosting tenure. That includes a discrimination lawsuit while he was working as an executive producer of The Price Is Right and derogatory and disparaging comments made on his podcast, The Randumb Show, which ran from 2013 to 2014.

In a statement, Sony said, “We support Mike’s decision to step down as host. 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.”

Now, Hollywood is reacting to the new search, with many pointing to Star Trek and Roots actor slash Reading Rainbow icon LeVar Burton for the role. Burton was among those being considered in the initial search to replace Trebek, who died in November following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

In a tweet, Ryan Reynolds referenced his own journey with Deadpool to show his support of Burton taking the Jeopardy! hosting mantle. “Pretty consistently from 2013 to 2015 Deadpool would explode on Twitter with fans wanting me to play him. It was awkward because I agreed with them but the studio didn’t see it. Ultimately the fans won and the rest is glorious history. I’m forever grateful. Hi @levarburton,” he tweeted. 

Burton tweeted soon after the news broke with one of his regular “Happy Friday!” messages, which social media immediately responded to, including Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras, who among several wide-ranging replies, told Burton to “Treat yourself today, baby, you deserve it.”

Former Jeopardy! contestant Arthur Chu shared a funny anecdote about Trebek and his time as host following news of Richards’ departure. “I’m just gonna say that Alex Trebek was the host for literally my entire life and the biggest scandal I remember with him was when that Kids’ Jeopardy contestant spelled an answer wrong on Final Jeopardy and Alex wouldn’t just let him have it even though he was really sad.”

Meanwhile, fellow contestant James Holzhauer offered more direct comedic commentary. “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,” he said.

While many signaled support for Burton specifically, others also called out Sony’s vetting process and decision to go with Richards despite allegations from the 2010 bias lawsuit from his time with The Price Is Right as well as his initial involvement in the hiring process.

Actress and host Yvette Nicole Brown was among the first to respond to the news of Richards’ exit, calling out the studio and declaring a fair process should have been afforded to everyone in the running. Questions by social media users have been raised regarding Jeopardy!’s decision to have Burton host the week of the Olympics, when most eyes would have been on the international games.

“NONE of this had to happen. A FAIR process creating an EVEN playing field and EQUAL chance for EVERYONE to shine is all it took,” she said in one tweet. In another, she responded to a fan suggesting she’d like to throw her hat in the ring, pointing to Burton’s treatment during the audition process. “This was never about me. I don’t want to host @jeopardy. I just wanted everyone worthy to get a fair shot if they wanted the gig. Some got a fair shot, others *cough* @LeVarBurton did not.”

In a thread, literary icon and best-selling author Roxane Gay suggested she might even write about the debacle and Burton’s treatment during Sony’s search process. “I think I might write an essay about this but… it shouldn’t be this hard for @levarburton to receive serious consideration as @Jeopardy host. He isn’t some random idea people have. He taught generations of children to read. He has real depth. He is charming and handsome.”

She went on to tweet that she couldn’t think of a “more universally adored public figure” and yet fans had to create petitions, relentless campaigning on his behalf. She concluded, “All the while, a bland white guy with a messy history of bad behavior doesn’t audition and slides right into the job and right back out. This is unnecessary! It’s ridiculous! And it’s very typical.”

Sports commentator Keith Olbermann’s response was more short and sweet. “So sometimes you DON’T get away with it #Jeopardy,” he tweeted. 

Pretty consistently from 2013 to 2015 Deadpool would explode on Twitter with fans wanting me to play him. It was awkward because I agreed with them but the studio didn’t see it. Ultimately the fans won and the rest is glorious history. I’m forever grateful.

Hi @levarburton

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 20, 2021

NONE of this had to happen. A FAIR process creating an EVEN playing field and EQUAL chance for EVERYONE to shine is all it took.

Newly named 'Jeopardy!' host #MikeRichards steps down from trivia show amid outcry over podcast comments.#JusticeForLeVar https://t.co/aHKMfIZfKX

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) August 20, 2021

So sometimes you DON’T get away with it #Jeopardy https://t.co/XhEpvNkrPq

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 20, 2021

What a huge f**k up.

Sorry… What IS a huge f**k up? https://t.co/MVikgZ2Znp

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 20, 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

I'm just gonna say that Alex Trebek was the host for literally my entire life and the biggest scandal I remember with him was when that Kids' Jeopardy contestant spelled an answer wrong on Final Jeopardy and Alex wouldn't just let him have it even though he was really sad https://t.co/kE77Ell2JW

— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) August 20, 2021

I think I might write an essay about this but… it shouldn’t be this hard for @levarburton to receive serious consideration as @Jeopardy host. He isn’t some random idea people have. He taught generations of children to read. He has real depth. He is charming and handsome.

— roxane gay (@rgay) August 20, 2021

Treat yourself today, baby, you deserve it

— Emily Andras (@emtothea) August 20, 2021

Mike Richards thinking he can just slink back to his EP job after saying and doing what he did is peak white privilege.

— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) August 20, 2021

When Jeopardy comes crawling back to LeVar: pic.twitter.com/DEhAlU5fod

— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) August 20, 2021

Of course he still thinks he deserves to remain executive producer of the show. https://t.co/yoSorzIBZd

— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) August 20, 2021

Ok favorite Mike Richards Jeopardy moments (in no particular order)

1) When he was selected & I was like "Who's that guy?" Then Googled him & was like "Him???"

2) When I forgot about it & then people were like "Yo that guy sucks." And I Googled it & was like "Yo that guy sucks"

— Matt Passet (@MPasset) August 20, 2021

Ok @Jeopardy, you’re now in the lightning round. What clearly perfect candidate should be the permanent host?

Here is a hint. @levarburton pic.twitter.com/enyx1qea8O

— RAFAEL CASAL (@RafaelCasal) August 20, 2021

— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) August 20, 2021

Mike Richards quitting Jeopardy is how White Lotus could’ve ended

— Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@somebadideas) August 20, 2021

If everyone wanted LeVar Burton to host Jeopardy and LeVar Burton wanted to host Jeopardy, maybe the guy with a sketchy past who no one wanted wasn't the right choice after all.

— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) August 20, 2021

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