What is a quitter? Mike Richards — the lately introduced new host of “Jeopardy!” — has already bailed on the gig amid ongoing controversy.
He introduced his departure in a bombshell memo dropped Friday on the beloved sport present’s manufacturing employees.
“[Sony Pictures Television] will now resume the search for a permanent syndicated host,” Richards, 46, revealed within the resignation letter. “In the meantime, we will be bringing back guest hosts to continue production for the new season, details of which will be announced next week.”
Although fan backlash brewed instantly after rumors swirled that he was in “advance negotiations” for the job earlier this month, Richards’ hasty exit comes on the heels of his apology for a sequence of sexist feedback in an outdated podcast —which he labeled as a “terribly embarrassing” misjudgment.
The man who couldn’t fill Alex Trebek’s sneakers admitted his “insensitivity” after the resurfacing of crass feedback he made on “The Randumb Show,” a weekly late-night comedy speak present he hosted from 2013 to 2014 as a scholar at Malibu’s Pepperdine University.
Richards referred to co-host and former assistant Beth Triffon as a “booth ho,” “booth slut” and “boothstitute,” and requested her about her “booby pictures” on her telephone, The Ringer first reported, quoting episodes which have now been yanked from the net.
The Burbank, Calif. native additionally labeled Triffon’s mates “really frumpy and overweight,” saying “they look fat and not good in the picture,” and he additionally mentioned ladies “dress like a hooker” on Halloween.
The outlet mentioned it reviewed all 41 episodes after information broke that Richards had been accused in lawsuits of harassment towards TV fashions, which he lately insisted did “not reflect the reality of who I am.”
Meanwhile, fan favourite LeVar Burton’s reps haven’t but responded to The Post’s request for remark about having a second shot on the host slot.
The full resignation memo follows:
It pains me that these previous incidents and feedback have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we glance to begin a brand new chapter.
As I discussed final week, I used to be deeply honored to be requested to host the syndicated present and was thrilled by the chance to increase my position. However, over the past a number of days it has turn into clear that transferring ahead as host can be an excessive amount of of a distraction for our followers and never the precise transfer for the present. As such, I shall be stepping down as host efficient instantly. As a end result, we shall be canceling manufacturing at present.
SPT will now resume the seek for a everlasting syndicated host. In the meantime, we shall be bringing again visitor hosts to proceed manufacturing for the brand new season, particulars of which shall be introduced subsequent week.
I need to apologize to every of you for the undesirable adverse consideration that has come to Jeopardy! over the previous couple of weeks and for the confusion and delays that is now inflicting. I do know I’ve loads of work to do to regain your belief and confidence.