At the heart of a controversy related to contemptuous comments about his co-hosts and women in general led in 2013, Mike Richards resigned from his position as host of the show “Jeopardy!”.
Caught up in his sexist remarks, the new host of one of the most popular game shows in the United States, “Jeopardy!”, Resigned this Friday, August 20, just nine days after being chosen for this envied position . Mike Richards, 46, was selected to replace Alex Trebek, who died of cancer last year after hosting the show continuously since 1984.
Just days after his appointment was announced by Sony Pictures Television and before he even started hosting “Jeopardy!”, Mike Richards found himself at the heart of a controversy over contemptuous comments about his co-stars. hostesses and women in general uttered eight years ago in one of his podcasts.
“I am saddened that these past incidents and comments have cast a shadow over Jeopardy! As we enter a new chapter,” said Mike Richards in a message to the game crew, of which AFP obtained a copy. Believing that to persist in wanting to host the show “would not be a good thing”, Mike Richards announced that he “resigned with immediate effect” from his role as host .
“We were surprised this week to learn about Mike’s podcast in 2013/2014 and the insulting language it has used in the past,” responded a spokesperson for Sony Pictures Television, indicating that Mike Richards would continue to be a part. from the production team of “Jeopardy!” . His replacement at the helm of the show was not yet known Friday.