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Mike Richards Steps Down As New ‘Jeopardy’ Host Days Amid Drama and Scandals

Mike Richards has stepped down as the new host of “Jeopardy!” only 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!,” faced a slew of dirty drama right after his new job was announced; drama stretching from the leak of the controversial comments he made on a podcast, where he made insensitive commentary about women in it; he had said that Triffon’s friends “look terrible in the picture … they look fat and not good in the picture.”

He also commented on their one-piece swimsuit, saying the outfit made them look “really frumpy and overweight.”

And that was not all: Richards also used the derogatory terms for little people and the intellectually disabled on the podcast, and praised white male hosts. When speaking about Survivor host Jeff Probst, Richards admitted that he would “cheer for him to succeed because I feel like through his success I could have some success hosting.”

All of that came after two discrimination lawsuits involving Richards from a decade ago resurfaced. Apparently, former Price Is Right model Brandi Cochran alleged that Richards preferred that the models looked like they were going out on a date, and suggested they wear bikinis more frequently on the show. She claimed she didn’t want to push back having a child after noticing how two producers treated her peers after they got pregnant.

You can read about that here.

Yesterday, 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.”

“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.”

However, he will continue to remain in his role as executive producer., as new rounds of guest hosts will be brought in tape episodes to launch the show’s 38th year in syndication next month.

“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,” Sony said. 

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