Mike Richards is out as ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ EP following controversial comments!
Buzzfeed obtained a letter from Sony saying Richards would no longer serve in the position on both popular game shows, effective immediately.
JUST IN: Mike Richards out as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune EP, per note to staff from Suzanne Prete, Sony EVP, Business and Strategy pic.twitter.com/FsTp2dW7IY
— David Mack (@davidmackau) August 31, 2021
Richards was chosen as Alex Trebek’s successor in a decision that was seen as divisive from the beginning after the show had embarked on a search that included actors, sports figures, journalists, and celebrities.
He was found to have made demeaning comments about women, the homeless, and others that Richards had made on a 2013-14 podcast, “The Randumb Show.” He stepped down as host after reports came to light.