Embattled “Jeopardy!” Govt Producer Mike Richards is completed.
Richards — the briefly favored substitute host for the late Alex Trebek — has been ousted because the showrunner for each that longtime recreation present and “Wheel of Fortune.”
The controversial 46-year-old stepped down from the coveted host gig final week amid public outrage after a number of allegations of resurfaced sexist feedback. Nevertheless, Richards was anticipated to stay on the helm behind the scenes — as the manager producer of the beloved recreation present, whereas a number of visitor hosts cycled via on display.
Present insiders confirmed Friday that Richards was fired from “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” in his EP capability, as effectively.
In an announcement to The Publish, Suzanne Prete, Sony Footage Tv’s govt vp for enterprise and technique for the reveals, cited the necessity to decrease “disruption and inside difficulties.”
Under is full Prete’s official assertion to the staffs of each reveals:
I’m writing to let you recognize that Mike will not be serving as EP of Wheel and Jeopardy! efficient instantly. We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host place at Jeopardy! it will have minimized the disruption and inside difficulties we’ve all skilled these previous couple of weeks. That clearly has not occurred.
Michael Davies from Embassy Row has agreed to assist with manufacturing on an interim foundation till additional discover. Michael and I’ll work along with all of you within the weeks forward to make sure that manufacturing stays on schedule and we don’t miss a beat as we head into the brand new season.
I do know this has been a difficult time for the whole group, and I need to thanks all on your cooperation and professionalism over these previous couple of weeks. As Ravi talked about final week, I will probably be extra concerned within the day-to-day on our reveals shifting ahead and I’m trying ahead to working intently with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to achieve out when you want something.
As The Publish beforehand reported, fan backlash brewed instantly after rumors swirled that he was in “advance negotiations” for the host job earlier this month — Richards’ hasty exit comes on the heels of his apology for a sequence of sexist feedback in an 8-year-old podcast — which he labeled as a “terribly embarrassing” misjudgment.
The person who couldn’t fill Alex Trebek’s sneakers copped to “insensitivity” after the resurfacing of crass wisecracks he made on “The Randumb Present.” He created and hosted the weekly late-night comedy speak present within the late-’90s as a scholar at Malibu’s Pepperdine College — however a later model was recorded in his workplace on the set of “The Value is Proper,” circa 2013 and 2014.
The now-married father of two referred to then co-host and former assistant Beth Triffon as a “sales space ho,” “sales space slut” and “boothstitute,” and requested her about her “booby photos” on her cellphone, the Ringer first reported, quoting episodes which have now been yanked from the online.
The Burbank, Calif., native additionally labeled Triffon’s associates “actually frumpy and obese,” saying “they give the impression of being fats and never good,” whereas additionally declaring that girls “costume like a hooker” on Halloween.
The outlet stated it reviewed all 41 episodes after information broke that Richards was accused in lawsuits of harassing TV fashions, which he not too long ago insisted did “not replicate the truth of who I’m.”
In his media mea culpa final Friday, Richards additionally apologized to “to every of you for the undesirable damaging consideration,” and vowed to do the work essential to “regain your belief and confidence.”