New ‘Jeopardy!’ Host, Mike Richards, Abruptly Quits
Mr. Richards was named as Alex Trebek’s replacement last week, but offensive and sexist comments he made on a podcast several years ago resurfaced. He will remain as executive producer.
Mike Richards, who was named the new host of “Jeopardy!” last week, is abruptly leaving the role at the beloved game show after a recent report resurfaced offensive and sexist comments he made on a podcast several years ago.
“I was deeply honored to be asked to host the syndicated show and was thrilled by the opportunity to expand my role. However, over the last several days it has become clear that moving forward as host would be too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show,” Richards said in a statement.
“As such, I will be stepping down as host effective immediately. As a result, we will be canceling production today,” he added.
“I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention that has come to ‘Jeopardy!’ over the last few weeks and for the confusion and delays this is now causing. I know I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust and confidence,” Richards said.
In a statement, Sony said it supported Richards’ decision to step down.
“We have spoken with him about our concerns and our expectations moving forward,” the company said in part. “Mike has been with us for the last two years and has led the ‘Jeopardy!’ team through the most challenging time the show has ever experienced. It is our hope that as EP he will continue to do so with professionalism and respect.”
He will remain as Executive Producer of the show.
Well this is interesting … NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers says he “definitely would’ve” taken the “Jeopardy!” hosting gig, IF they would have found a way to make it work with his football schedule.
Rodgers revealed this to NFL Adam Schein before the news broke that Richards was stepping down, and while it seems unlikely the Packers QB could manage shooting new episodes with the football season just weeks away from kickoff … he’s certainly suggesting he’s down to try.