Contemporary host’s ”disparaging remarks about Jews, girls & Asians don’t appear to be any laughing matter,“ group says
The controversy surrounding Mike Richards’ newly-minted “Jeopardy!” knowledge superhighway hosting gig continues. The Anti-Defamation League is calling for an investigation into the television persona’s “pattern” of offensive comments.
Tweeting a link to the Washington Post’s coverage of Richards’ resurfaced remarks, the ADL published the next assertion Thursday:
“Contemporary Jeopardy! host Mike Richards’ disparaging remarks about Jews, girls & Asians don’t appear to be any laughing matter. Stereotyping is an entry display dislike and his apology lacks acknowledgment of its harm. This reported pattern warrants an investigation.”
On Wednesday, The Ringer reported on “The Randumb Indicate,” Richards’ 2013 podcast in which he “persistently aged offensive language and disparaged girls’s our bodies.” The podcast, recorded all the way thru his time as executive producer on “The Label Is True,” turned into co-hosted by Richards and his ancient assistant Beth Triffon and ran for 41 episodes.
In step with the outlet, Richards’ comments integrated calling his female co-host a “sales space slut” for modeling at CES and seeming to manufacture a Jewish stereotype joke (after somebody else made a observation about abundant noses, Richards reportedly stated, “Ixnay on the ose-nay. She’s now not an ew-Jay”).
He also reportedly made sexist and objectifying comments toward Triffon and thoroughly different girls. In a single occasion cited, Richards mocked Triffon for collecting unemployment advantages, asking her “Enact you in fact feel dirty?” In another, he mocked a photograph of her and her friends in swimsuits, saying they “survey in fact frumpy and chubby.”
Richards, who paradoxically began filming “Jeopardy!” the identical day that the ADL’s assertion turned into released, has since apologized for the comments he made on the now-deleted podcast.
“It is humbling to confront a extremely embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from on the self-discipline of a decade within the past. Making an try aid now, there’s no excuse, pointless to train, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry,” he stated. “The podcast turned into supposed to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who had a ancient past of joking spherical. Even with the passage of time, it’s more than optimistic that my attempts to be silly and appealing had been now not acceptable, and I in fact bear eradicated the episodes. My obligations this day as a father, husband, and a public persona who speaks to many other folks thru my characteristic on television way I in fact bear sizable and severe obligations as a characteristic mannequin, and I intend to are living up to them.”
Sony launched Richards as the eternal successor to the boring Alex Trebek final week, beating out fan-well-liked LeVar Burton. The announcement came just correct days after he’d been forced to answer to for comments cited in a pair of “Label Is True” court cases resurfaced earlier this month.