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Mike Richards Resigns as Jeopardy! Host Amid Controversy Over Past Remarks

Comments Richards made on his former podcast resurfaced just days after he was announced as the game show's host

New Jeopardy! host Mike Richards stepped down due to criticism of comments he made on a podcast several years ago.

He was named the show’s new host on Aug. 11 — 15 months after he joined the program as an executive producer. He took the place of long-time host Alex Trebek, who died in November after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Richards is accused of making sexist, anti-Semitic, and racist remarks on his podcast “The Randumb Show” to his co-host and assistant. All 41 episodes of the show, which ran from 2013 to 2014, were down as of Tuesday. 

“On an episode following a massive iCloud hack in 2014, in which intimate photos of famous actresses were leaked, Richards [asked] the two women if they had ever taken nude photos. He then prodded for more, asking his cohost to go through her phone and show him an image,” The Ringer wrote its review published on Wednesday.

The Ringer also notes he used “a derogatory term for little people” to describe his cohost and former assistant, Beth Triffon, and actress Kristin Chenoweth. He also said Triffon should audition for Taiwanese characters because of her height.

When Triffon talked about issues with her apartment, Richards asked: “Does Beth live, like, in Haiti? Doesn’t it sound like that? Like, the urine smell, the woman in the muumuu, the stray cats.” 

“In another episode, after Gray makes a nonspecific comment about big noses, Richards jumps in. ‘Ixnay on the ose-nay,’ he says. She’s not an ew-Jay,’” wrote The Ringer.

Richard also criticized Triffon for giving money to a homeless woman saying, “If you gave away money that was given to you by the government, that’s the circle of no life.”

Triffon said she thought the woman could use the money to “get some coffee or some food.” 

“Or some crack! Or some meth!” Richards replied

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) publicly called for an investigation into what it calls Richard’s “pattern” of offensive comments.

“New Jeopardy! host Mike Richards’ disparaging remarks about Jews, women & Asians are no laughing matter. Stereotyping is an entry point to hate and his apology lacks acknowledgment of its harm. This reported pattern warrants an investigation,” the ADL said on Twitter.

Fans of the show were not thrilled with parent studio Sony Pictures Television’s decision to give Richards the hosting role. In an online poll, fans preferred Jeopardy! Champion Ken Jennings. Actor LeVar Burton was the third favorite choice among voters. Actress Mayim Bialik is currently set to host prime-time tournaments.

In a statement, Richards said, “the allegations of these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy!”

“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. As such, I will be stepping down as host effective immediately. As a result, we will be canceling production today,” he said.

Sony Pictures Television will continue its search for a new host and, in the meantime, will continue to bring on guest hosts during the production of the new season.

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7 responses to “Mike Richards Resigns as Jeopardy! Host Amid Controversy Over Past Remarks”

  1. Devilsgun says:

    Never quit. Make the fucking cunts fire you

  2. YetAnotherUserID says:

    We have created a civilization of weak people. On the one hand they can’t withstand any kind of humor or mean comments, however you want to interpret what he said. On the other they fall over at the slightest criticism. Imagine how pitiful you have to be to be to be these people.

  3. wescom says:

    I guess they don’t teach “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” anymore?

  4. Wolv256 says:

    Who is a pussy?

  5. Wolv256 says:

    What a coward! Resigning because he used the word “midget” in the past? He deserves to be fired for not defending himself.

    If he were a real man he would have just released a press release or statement saying “What is… go f— yourselves?”

  6. UppityG says:

    I know the calculus of late is to simply cave before the nameless, faceless marxist jackals but every time we do that, it feeds them. If we want this iteration of marxism to go back to its cave and stay there forever, we have to ruthlessly turn its weapons onto it and all who participate in it, wittingly or not. Just out of self-defense, a cold shock to the system is what those people desperately need, for their own good.