Jeopardy! resumes search for host
A little over a week after landing the job, Mike Richards resigned on Friday as Alex Trebek’s replacement on the popular game show. The Ringer published offensive comments Richards made while hosting a podcast from 2013 to 2014, including calling his female co-host a derogatory term, saying that women in one-piece swimsuits looked “really frumpy and overweight,” and referencing stereotypes about Jews. Richards said he didn’t want his comments to distract Jeopardy! fans from the show.
What’s next for Jeopardy? After Trebek died in November, Jeopardy! fans watched with anticipation as the show auditioned potential replacements, including Aaron Rodgers, LeVar Burton, and Robin Roberts. Richards will remain in his role as executive producer, and the show will feature another round of guest hosts. Sony Pictures Entertainment had just filmed the first episodes of the new season the day before Richards resigned. Actress Mayim Bialik will still host prime time specials and spin-offs of the quiz show.
Dig deeper: Read Collin Garbarino’s report in Muse about how the various guest hosts did in their Jeopardy! tryouts.
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