New ‘Jeopardy!’ host Mike Richards steps down

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Mike Richards has stepped down because the new host of ‘Jeopardy!’ just nine days after he was chosen to succeed Alex Trebek. The move comes after controversy over sexist comments he made on his podcast following a report from The Ringer. Producer Sony Pictures Television announced the embattled host was stepping down from the role and released a press release from Richards on Friday:

“Mike has been with us for the last two years and has led the ‘Jeopardy!’ team through the foremost challenging time the show has ever experienced. it’s our hope that as EP he will still do so with professionalism and respect,” Sony said. Richards’ resume includes hosting “The Pyramid” and “Beauty and therefore the Geek,” also as serving as executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”

His selection was seen as divisive from the start after the show began a broad search that included actors, sports figures, journalists, and celebrities. In announcing Richards was the new host, Ravi Ahuja, chairman of worldwide Television Studios and company Development for Sony Pictures had said, “We took this decision incredibly seriously. an incredible amount of labor and deliberation has gone into it, perhaps quite has ever gone into the choice of hosts for the show — deservedly so because it’s ‘Jeopardy!’ and that we are following the incomparable Alex Trebek.”

Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for quite 36 years before his death in November at age 80 following a two-year battle with carcinoma . Sony Pictures Television had also announced that actress Mayim Bialik will host primetime and spin-off specials of the show, including the upcoming “Jeopardy! National College Championship.”

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