Newly-tapped ‘Jeopardy!’ host steps down amid controversy over past remarks

The cancel culture scourge claimed another high-profile scalp this week, as producer Mike Richards was essentially forced to step down from his recently-announced position as the new, permanent host of Jeopardy! after controversial comments he made in the past were brought to light, as the Associated Press reported.

It was only a week prior that Richards – who also serves as the show’s executive producer — had been tapped to succeed the much-loved, late host Alex Trebek following a wide-ranging search that involved a series of guest-hosting stints by sports celebrities, actors, and other notable figures.

However, Richards’ rise to the host’s podium was scuttled almost immediately after a website called The Ringer unearthed a series of comments he had made about homeless individuals, women, and other groups on a short-lived podcast known as The Randumb Show, remarks which critics claimed were misogynistic and generally offensive.

In a statement issued to show staff on Friday, Richards explained, “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 the Hollywood Reporter noted, Richards continued his statement by apologizing to the entire Jeopardy! staff for the “unwanted negative attention” and also “for the confusion and delays” the situation is causing.

A statement from Sony Pictures Television confirmed that Richards will not take over as the show’s permanent host, but will remain as the program’s executive producer, adding, “We support Mike’s decision to step down as host. We were surprised this week to learn of Mike’s 2013/2014 podcast and the offensive language he used in the past.”

The corporate communication continued, “Mike has been with us for the last two years and has led the Jeopardy! team through the most challenging time the show has ever experienced. It is our hope that as [executive producer] he will continue to do so with professionalism and respect.”

According to Sony, a batch of episodes already filmed in which Richards served as host will still air as planned, followed by shows featuring a series of guest hosts who will fill in until a permanent replacement is named.

Though it is certainly unfortunate – and arguably most unfair – for Richards that comments made years ago on a little-known podcast have come back to sink the job opportunity of a lifetime, crisis public relations expert Evan Nierman told Fox News that while the would-be host may never be able to land another on-air role, he “should be able to resume his prior work as a producer and stay active in the industry,” a privilege not always afforded to cancel culture’s legions of other victims.

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Mary Carter (@guest_389229)
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1 month ago

I thought he was the best candidate. These “woke” folks must be saints in wolves clothing. Is there anyone alive that hasn’t said or done things they regretted when they gained wisdom or maturity? From what I see of these brats, they are the worst of the worst. Anyway, we will eventually have nothing left and that is exactly what they are hoping for. I wish we were back in the days of the hippies, at least there motive was love (maybe not in the best sense of the word) but it sure beats hate and disorder.

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The “jungle rabbits” are out of control. Mary Carter, you are 100 per cent correct. A solid Republican vote is needed next year to make both houses of Congress veto proof and “woke proof”. The troublemakers will regret it when their welfare, food stamps, etc. get cut off in 2023 and they have to go to work. If they riot, then the troublemakers belong in JAIL. No excuses.

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The cancel culture characters are rationally and intellectually devoid prima donnas with monstrous phony chips on their shoulders, daring anybody and everybody to knock them off!

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Seems funny that some remark made years ago by Mike Richards should suddenly pop up out of the blue. And he is forced to resign. I am beginning to think we are already living in a socialist country, it’s truly frightening!

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We have been living in a socialist county for many years now. They are so sly, that most people being busy living their lives, caring for family and work, never noticed. It started about 50 years ago. We watched it happen and now we are paying the price. We have lost our rights and at this point we can still sue for them. That will soon change. I am 83 and this is no longer my America. You would be shocked if you knew what we have lost.

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