“Jeopardy! Newly created host Mike Richards apologized on Wednesday night for the sexist and crass remarks he made about women in an old podcast, the latest controversial episode after his coronation as the new face of the game show though -love.
The mea culpa came not long after The Ringer released details of the podcast, titled “The Randumb Show,” which Richards hosted from 2013 to 2014 while producing “The Price Is Right.” In the episodes the site has reviewed, Richards has occasionally referred to his co-host, Beth Triffon, as a “booth ho” and a “booth bitch” after talking about working as a model at a trade show. In others, he compared women’s Halloween costumes to prostitute outfits, commented on the weight and appearance of former co-workers, and disparaged Triffon’s economic status.
Richards said the comments were “a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, recklessness and callousness almost ten years ago.” All episodes of the show were wiped from the internet on Tuesday after The Ringer asked him about his remarks.
“Looking back now, there’s no excuse, of course, for the comments I’ve made on this podcast and I’m deeply sorry,” he told The Ringer. “The podcast was meant to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who used to joke. Even over time, it is more than clear that my attempts at humor and provocation were not acceptable, and I deleted the episodes.
Sony told The Ringer that it was not aware of the podcast until the live site provided comments.
Sony announced last week that Richards would take over hosting of “Jeopardy! After the death of the legendary Alex Trebek, with actor Mayim Bialik also named as host for the spinoff specials of the show, starting with “Jeopardy!” National University Championship. Richards had been a longtime executive producer of the game show since May 2020.
But his appointment was quickly criticized, especially after the Daily Beast published allegations earlier this month that he mistreated female staff members. The Beast cited past lawsuits claiming he made callous remarks to a pregnant employee, although his name was withdrawn from the lawsuit before it was settled.
Richard denied any wrongdoing
and sent a memo to “Jeopardy! »Staff claiming that the allegations were part of a labor dispute and that the allegations did not reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together on The price is right.
Longtime fans were also surprised to see Richards’ name among a list of popular guest hosts, including LeVar Burton, Ken Jennings and Bialik, with some disappointed that a rather obscure behind-the-scenes figure on the show was exploited. to lead it.
The New York Times added that Richards was responsible for sending episodes about potential hosts to focus groups, whose decisions were heavily weighed by Sony management. The president of Sony TV reiterated at the post that Richards was not involved in the final host selection process, and Richards himself said that while he was “honored” to be taken into consideration. account, he was not involved in the selection process.
” Danger! Begins recording his new season with Richards as host on Thursday.
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