Mike Richards, the Jeopardy! govt producer who gave himself a high-profile net hosting gig after which at once lost it once all americans realized he became once a jerk, will stay on as the sport masks’s boss, The Novel York Times experiences. Many observers expected Richards to hammer out an exit contend with Jeopardy!’s manufacturing firm, Sony Footage Tv.
Jeopardy! has been wanting a host for in relation to a year, following the tragic death of beloved host Alex Trebek, who handed away final November attributable to complications with pancreatic cancer. Executives tried out a diversity of A-list guest hosts, including actor Levar Burton, railroad empire heir Anderson Cooper, and Jeopardy! hall-of-famer Ken Jennings.
Richards claims he recused himself from the need route of. Nonetheless, as the Novel York Times eminent, in his ability as the masks’s govt producer, he had a hand in choosing which photography of likely hosts ended up in front of focal point neighborhood audiences.
On August 11, Sony launched that Richards would change into the masks’s permanent host. Nonetheless an August 18 Ringer story resurfaced some seriously putrid habits from his past. On his podcast, The Randumb Contemporary, Richards made sexist, racist, classist, and anti-Semetic statements. He’s also named in two anti-discrimination suits from his time as govt producer of The Label Is Proper. In one occasion, as the Times experiences, Richards balked “when a model he had hired for the masks published she became once pregnant with twins.”
Closing Friday, Richards formally stepped down as the masks’s host. Given the persona of his priors and the rapidity with which he abandoned the net hosting gig, Hollywood insiders expected that Richards would negotiate some form of exit (seemingly with considerable $$$) from the masks. Nonetheless, as Sony TV exec Ravi Ahuja reportedly told Jeopardy! workers in an all-fingers name this week, he’ll quit on as govt producer. He’ll now story to Suzanne Prete, a longtime enterprise and staunch affairs exec at Sony. Prete is also charged with overseeing the masks’s financial dealings. Sony says Prete’s novel role became once resolute prior to the overall most modern enterprise.
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Per the Times, Richards will undergo sensitivity coaching.
At the present, Jeopardy! has tapped extinct Tall Bang Theory big name Mayim Bialik, who became once already tapped to host the masks’s primetime specials, as a transient host. She’s, uh, no longer so big either.