Mike Richards has been fired as executive producer Jeopardy!, less than a month after he took over and then handed over the highly coveted host role that was once occupied by Alex Trebek.
Sony executives informed staff of Richard’s departure on Tuesday, ending a month-long saga of scandal and fan outrage that erupted when he hosted. Richards was also fired as executive producer Wheel of fortune.
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Suzanne Prete, executive vice president, business and strategy, briefed staff on Richard’s firing in a note, Variety reports.
“We had hoped for that when Mike resigned from the host post at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruptions and internal difficulties we have all experienced in the last few weeks, ”Prete wrote. “It clearly did not happen.”
The announcement marks a fantastic turnaround for Richards, who seemed to pull a daily double when he took over as host of the show, which he ran on August 11th. He insisted at the time that he had nothing to do with his own selection after knocking out several more famous candidates.
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Ten days later, Richards announced that he was giving up the hosting concert amid outrage over sexist and racist comments he made on his old podcast. He had also faced criticism over a few discrimination cases from his time as executive producer of The price is right. He has denied any wrongdoing in these cases.
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Sony had originally committed to keep Richards as an executive producer, but the company eventually changed its mind.
Richard shot five episodes as host Jeopardy! in his first and only day at work, reports the New York Times. These episodes are expected to run the week of September 13th.
Richards joined a list of more famous celebrity hosts on the show last season, including Aaron Rodgers, Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Mayim Bialik and LeVar Burton.
Sony chose Bialik to host its various Jeopardy! spinoff shows earlier in August.
Richards was the executive producer on Jeopardy! for two years and announced Trebek’s death from pancreatic cancer on the show.
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The company has not announced a new permanent host for the show, though fans have been shouting that people like Bialik or Burton should take over.
Veteran game-show producer Michael Davies who developed the original Who wants to Be a Millionaire?, takes over as a temporary producer on Jeopardy! and Wheel of fortune, Said Prete.
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