Earlier than being named a permanent host of the present earlier this month – set to sort out the common play whereas Mayim Bialik would host particular spin-off occasions – Richards was an government producer of the favored recreation present and served as a visitor host after Alex Trebek’s passing.
After it was reported that Richards was a frontrunner to take over the place, a number of scandals got here to gentle, most notably his demoralizing feedback made about ladies, Jewish folks and the unemployed neighborhood beforehand made on a podcast. He was additionally named in a discrimination lawsuit whereas working as a producer on “The Value is Proper.”
Not lengthy after, he stepped down from the position, “Jeopardy!” had barely signaled that he’d retain his place as an government producer. In an announcement earlier this week, Sony had stated, “Mike has been with us for the final two years and has led the Jeopardy! crew via essentially the most difficult time the present has ever skilled. It’s our hope that as EP he’ll proceed to take action with professionalism and respect.”
Now, the New York Occasions is reporting that it has spoken with a number of sources, who have been briefed on the scenario in a name with Sony’s prime tv government, Ravi Ahuja. The insiders confirmed to the outlet that it seems Richards just isn’t dropping his government producing job.
Per the insiders, Ahuja praised Richards’ choice to step down as a bunch on the decision.
It was additionally shared that the previous host – who recorded a handful of episodes that will still air earlier than Bialik once again takes over whereas the seek for a bunch resumes – will bear sensitivity coaching.
Richards’ personal spokesperson reportedly confirmed that the producer just isn’t negotiating an exit from Sony, and is “dedicated to persevering with as the manager producer of ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune.’”
Sony has employed enterprise and authorized affairs government Suzanne Prete to assist oversee each the present and Richards’ coaching – however the sources advised the Times that Prete was employed earlier than Richards stepped down.
Just a few followers of “Jeopardy!” spoke to the Occasions and stated that Richards retaining his place has tarnished their view of the present.
“If it was sufficient to disqualify him from being host, why isn’t it sufficient to disqualify him from being government producer?” requested one.
“It tarnished the repute of the present for me,” admitted one other who had taken the doorway examination for the present a number of occasions however is now contemplating his dream of showing on this system.
He added: “Jeopardy!’ is meant to be a celebration of information, and it’s being run by this man who’s the personification of ignorance.”
Nonetheless, Richards has supporters as properly, together with Gwendolyn Osborne, a mannequin who labored on “The Value is Proper” for over a decade and had no points with the producer.
“I’ve reached out to him to inform him to proceed to imagine in his greatnesses, and that I do imagine that everyone is worthy of redemption,” she stated.