“Jeopardy!” government producer Mike Richards broke his silence concerning the discrimination lawsuit he was named in when he was a producer at “The Value Is Proper” over a decade in the past and in addition addressed him turning into a front-runner to take over internet hosting duties of “Jeopardy!”
In an e-mail to the “Jeopardy!” crew obtained by Deadline, Richards defined:
“I need to handle the sophisticated employment points raised within the press throughout my time at ‘The Value Is Proper’ ten years in the past,” he wrote. “These have been allegations made in employment disputes in opposition to the present. I need you all to know that the best way during which my feedback and actions have been characterised in these complaints doesn’t mirror the truth of who I’m or how we labored collectively on ‘The Value Is Proper.’ I do know firsthand how particular it’s to be a father or mother. It’s crucial factor on the planet to me. I might not say something to disrespect anybody’s being pregnant and have all the time supported my colleagues on their parenting journeys.”
In a 2010 criticism by Brandi Cochran, a former mannequin on “The Value Is Proper,” she claimed she was fired after turning into pregnant with twins whereas Richards served as co-executive producer. Cochran obtained greater than $8.5 million in punitive damages.
Within the e-mail, Richards additionally confirmed he was approached to completely host “Jeopardy!” after the demise of longtime host Alex Trebek in November 2020.
“It’s true that I used to be requested if I might think about internet hosting the present. I used to be humbled and deeply honored. No last choices have been made and discussions with me and different potential hosts are nonetheless ongoing,” he defined.
“I do know I’ve talked about this to you all earlier than, however the alternative on this isn’t my resolution and by no means has been. All through this search, Sony’s high precedence has all the time been to proceed the unbelievable legacy you and Alex constructed. As you already know, Alex all the time believed the sport itself and the contestants are crucial facets of the present, and that may proceed to be the tenet as the choice is finalized.”
He is bagged a lot of Daytime Emmys for his work in tv, together with a win earlier this yr for “Jeopardy!”
Fox Information’ Nate Day contributed to this report.