Mike Richards — the main candidate to turn out to be Alex Trebek’s everlasting alternative on “Jeopardy!” — is dealing with public scrutiny as soon as once more for his determination to fireplace a mannequin who turned pregnant in 2010 whereas he served as co-executive producer on “The Value is Proper.”
Richards, 46, is reported to be in “superior discussions” for the place, changing into the obvious community favourite following a laundry listing of momentary visitor co-hosts.
A few of these filling in have been: Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Invoice Whitaker, Dr. Mehmet Oz, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Aaron Rodgers and the present’s winningest champion Ken Jennings.
Followers had pinned Jennings as Trebek’s likeliest successor after the favored host died in November of pancreatic most cancers.
Jeopardy followers have been fast to criticize the alternative as phrase bought out on Thursday, resulting in a reexamination of the lawsuit in opposition to him, by which former mannequin Brandi Cochran gained greater than $8.5 million in punitive damages from “The Value is Proper” after it was decided the present discriminated in opposition to her due to her being pregnant.
Cochran stated she was rejected by the sport present’s producers when she tried to return from maternity go away in 2010, and filed a lawsuit in opposition to CBS and Fremantle Media.
Afraid of being fired, Cochran didn’t inform anybody that she was pregnant with twins. Based on the Hollywood Reporter, Cochran testified, Richards “put his head in his fingers,” when she informed him. The subsequent day, Richards allegedly stormed as much as her and stated, “Twins? Are you kidding? Are you critical?” the outlet experiences.
At trial, Richards testified the present was relying upon fewer fashions and whereas Cochran was a “good mannequin,” she “wouldn’t take us to nice,” the Hollywood Reporter reported.
Nonetheless, a decide voided the decision over unhealthy jury directions after Fremantle Media appealed the choice. The case was later settled outdoors of court docket for an undisclosed quantity in 2016, based on the Hollywood Reporter.
Whereas Richards remained at “The Value is Proper,” it confronted further unsuccessful being pregnant discrimination claims past these made by Cochran, the Hollywood Reporter stated.
Based on a survey of over 1,000 Jeopardy followers by OnePoll, over 23 p.c of respondents stated the 47-year-old Jennings was their favourite to take over the present. Richards got here in second place with 14 p.c of the vote. “Star Trek” actor LeVar Burton obtained 10 p.c of the vote.
Sony declined to remark to The Publish concerning a everlasting “Jeopardy!” host. Nonetheless, the studio informed Selection that it’s in talks with “a number of potential candidates” however didn’t disclose any additional particulars.
Richards has but to brazenly touch upon claims he can be dubbed the official host of “Jeopardy!”
Based on Selection, Richards has produced over 4,000 hours value of recreation present tv, together with “The Value is Proper,” “Who Desires to be a Millionaire?” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”