Mike Richards Out as Jeopardy! Host Following Derogatory Podcast Comments

He will remain as executive producer; show will resume using guest hosts

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Just one week after picking Mike Richards as the new host of Jeopardy!, Sony Pictures Television is already on the hunt for his replacement.

Richards has stepped down as host after the revelation that he had disparaged women and Jews, among others, on his former podcast. However, he will remain in his role as the show’s executive producer.

On Aug. 11, Sony had announced its succession plan for Jeopardy! following Alex Trebek’s death last year: Richards would take over as host of the nightly syndicated show, while Mayim Bialik would anchor primetime and spin-off specials of Jeopardy!

Richards had begun to tape his first episodes as host on Thursday.



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