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Mike Richards Backs Down from ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Position

# Mike Richards Backs Down from ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Position

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The news that Mike Richards, the executive producer of the daytime game show *Jeopardy!*, would be taking on the role of host following the passing of Alex Trebek was met with mixed reactions from viewers. While Richards’ guest hosting was acceptable, many viewers didn’t feel a strong connection to him. Moreover, the idea of an executive producer becoming the host of their own show seemed questionable. However, it seems that Richards’ issues go beyond just the hosting position.

An investigation by The Ringer uncovered instances where Richards had made derogatory comments about women and minority groups during his time hosting the podcast *The Randumb Show*. These remarks quickly spread online, portraying Richards in a negative light. In response, Richards has decided to step down from the hosting position on *Jeopardy!*.

In a memo obtained by People Magazine, he expressed his regret, saying, “It pains me that these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on *Jeopardy!* as we look to start a new chapter.” Richards acknowledged that being the host would cause too much distraction for fans and wouldn’t be the right move for the show. Therefore, he announced his immediate resignation, leading to the cancellation of that day’s production.

Apologizing for the unwanted negative attention brought to *Jeopardy!*, Richards accepted that he has work to do to rebuild trust and confidence. In the interim, the show will revert to having rotating guest hosts.

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