Mike Richards

Mike Richards is out at Jeopardy!.


Mike Richards, also the show's executive producer, has stepped down as Jeopardy!'s host just nine days after his hiring.

The announcement comes after the Anti-Defamation League called for Richards to be investigated after offensive comments he made on various podcasts resurfaced.

"We support Mike's decision to step down as host," Sony Pictures TV said. in a statement. "We were surprised this week to learn of Mike's 2013/2014 podcast and the offensive language he used in the past. We have spoken with him about our concerns and our expectations moving forward."

Despite stepping down as host, Sony confirmed that Richards would retain his producer role.

In a statement to the show's team, Richards said:

"Dear Team,

It pains me that these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we look to start a new chapter.


As I mentioned last week, I was deeply honored to be asked to host the syndicated show and was thrilled by the opportunity to expand my role. However, 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 such, I will be stepping down as host effective immediately. As a result, we will be canceling production today.


SPT will now resume the search for a permanent syndicated host. In the meantime, we will be bringing back guest hosts to continue production for the new season, details of which will be announced next week.


I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention that has come to Jeopardy! over the last few weeks and for the confusion and delays this is now causing. I know I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust and confidence.


Mike"

Mayim Bialik, who was announced as host of Jeopardy!'s various TV specials, has yet to comment on the news.

BECOME
AN INSIDER!
By clicking "Subscribe", you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Celebrity Page TV

Summer is (almost) officially over. While we're sad to say goodbye to the season of sun and fun we're looking ahead to what should be one of the bigger Fall TV lineups in recent memory. From new shows premiering to mainstays returning, here's a preview of what to expect on NBC.

KEEP READING Show less
Fall TV: Stars Of 'Kin,' 'Pretty Hard Cases' & 'All The Queen's Men' Open Up On Show Themes | CPTV
Stars of three brand new shows are spilling on the new content TV lovers can enjoy.
KEEP READING Show less