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New ‘Jeopardy’ Host Mike Richards Apologises After People Unearthed the Sexist Remarks He Made in the Past

The new host of the famous show, Jeopardy!, Mike Richards, has apologised for the sexist comments he made in the past.

The Ringer reports that an audio from every episode of a podcast titled The Randumb Show, featuring Richards was recently been removed and this stirred suspicious. It turns out that Richards had 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.”

This comes 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.

Now, reacting to the outrage his comment stirred, he said: “It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago. Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry.”

“The podcast was intended to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who had a history of joking around. Even with the passage of time, it’s more than clear that my attempts to be funny and provocative were not acceptable, and I have removed the episodes,” he continued. “My responsibilities today as a father, husband, and a public personality who speaks to many people through my role on television means I have substantial and serious obligations as a role model, and I intend to live up to them.”

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