Richards stepped down Friday after previous inappropriate feedback he made on the “The Randumb Show” podcast resurfaced. The 46-year-old, who hosted the podcast from 2013 to 2014 whereas he was working at “The Price is Right,” made derogatory feedback about girls, folks with psychological disabilities, little folks and the poor.
Though some “Jeopardy!” episodes he has already helmed will air as scheduled, questions nonetheless stay as to what the long run might maintain for the longtime present producer.
Evan Nierman, the writer of “Disaster Averted” and CEO of worldwide disaster PR agency Red Banyan, instructed Fox Information he believes the general public approach wherein Richards was ousted from his new publish doesn’t bode nicely for his prospects as an on-air character however shouldn’t hinder his efforts as a producer behind the curtains.
“Being fired from ‘Jeopardy!’ in such public vogue is definitely going to hurt Mike’s prospects of being an on-air determine,” mentioned Nierman. “He ought to have the ability to resume his prior work as a producer and keep lively within the business.”
The repute professional maintained that timing may very well be the good multiplier for Richards, contemplating the warp-speed tempo with which the every day information cycle strikes. Nierman mentioned Richards ought to look to leap on information packages and champion in opposition to the observe of participating in cancel tradition.
Nierman anticipates that “critical injury to [Richards’] picture will doubtless final a really very long time” and pressed that the “greatest prospect for a direct return to TV can be showing on information packages to decry cancel tradition and the push to judgment in opposition to him.”
In the meantime, a Sony spokesperson instructed Fox Information in an announcement on Friday that Richards will stay the present’s government producer.
“Mike has been with us for the final two years and has led the ‘Jeopardy!’ workforce by probably the most difficult time the present has ever skilled,” the memorandum reads. “It’s our hope that as EP he’ll proceed to take action with professionalism and respect.”
Even with the vote of confidence from the studio, Nierman believes cancel tradition in society continues to be in its infancy and reveals no signal of loosening its grip on the lots.
“This affair illustrates that cancel tradition is presently working at full pressure on this nation,” he mentioned of the style wherein Richards skilled the very best and worst days of his profession in such fast succession.
“What’s most compelling is the outstanding velocity with which ‘Jeopardy!’s short-lived host was jettisoned to appease an outraged mob,” Nierman mentioned. “Count on it to proceed for a while since cancel tradition reveals no signal of abating anytime quickly.”
Nierman additionally cautioned those that have discovered themselves eager for the spoils of fame to be completely certain they’re prepared to just accept the inherent dangers that include notoriety.
“Each particular person alive at the moment has sooner or later mentioned or carried out one thing that one other particular person finds objectionable, whether or not they imply to or not,” he mentioned. “Individuals are being compelled to suppose twice earlier than moving into the general public realm as a result of there’ll all the time be a gaggle of individuals intent on selecting by your previous with a fine-tooth comb to uncover causes to assault you.”
“In at the moment’s local weather, reputations and resumes constructed over many years may be torn to shreds in mere moments with folks paying steep costs for issues they might have mentioned or carried out a few years previously,” he added.
Richards introduced his resignation to the “Jeopardy!” workforce in a memo Friday obtained by Fox Information.
“Expensive Workforce – It pains me that these previous incidents and feedback have forged such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we glance to begin a brand new chapter,” the memo learn, in line with Sony.
“As I discussed final week, I used to be deeply honored to be requested to host the syndicated present and was thrilled by the chance to increase my position,” he shared. “Nevertheless, over the past a number of days it has turn out to be clear that transferring ahead as host can be an excessive amount of of a distraction for our followers and never the fitting transfer for the present. As such, I might be stepping down as host efficient instantly. Consequently, we might be canceling manufacturing at the moment.”
He went on to apologize to the “Jeopardy!” workers.
“I wish to apologize to every of you for the undesirable unfavorable consideration that has come to ‘Jeopardy!’ over the previous few weeks and for the confusion and delays that is now inflicting,” Richards concluded. “I do know I’ve lots of work to do to regain your belief and confidence.”
Richards additionally beforehand got here underneath fireplace for an incident that occurred greater than a decade in the past whereas he was at “The Worth Is Proper.” Richards was the topic of a 2010 grievance by Brandi Cochran, a former mannequin on the present, who claimed she was fired after changing into pregnant with twins whereas he served as co-executive producer. Cochran acquired greater than $8.5 million in punitive damages.
Fox Information’ Stephanie Nolasco and Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report