New ‘Jeopardy’ host Mike Richards apologizes for past sexist remarks – .

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“Jeopardy” executive producer and incoming host Mike Richards apologized for derogatory comments he made about women on a podcast he hosted while also executive producer of “The Price Is Right” as its selection grows and Sony Pictures Television’s hopes smoothly transition away.

Responding to The Ringer’s detailed reports on the comments he made on “The Randumb Show,” including referring to his co-host as a “booth ho,” Richards said “there is no excuse. , of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry. He called it “humiliating to face a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, recklessness and callousness almost a decade ago.”

This is the final chapter in the ongoing reaction to Sony’s decision to name Richards as the successor to the late “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek. The Ringer found old episodes of “The Randumb Show”, a podcast he hosted from 2013-2014 and recorded in his office as executive producer of “The Price Is Right”.

Details of litigation over the past decade during Richards’ time as executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal” have recently resurfaced and contributed to the outcry surrounding the surprise decision to host him. “Jeopardy”. Richards has been charged with pregnancy-related discrimination in two complaints filed by former “Price Is Right” models. He was accused of making callous statements and taking other questionable action against models in the series who became pregnant.

The Ringer, who reviewed all 41 episodes of the podcast before they were deleted online, reported that at one point Richards asked his assistant and co-host if they had taken any photos yet. naked, or in his own words, “crazy photos”. In one episode, he calls his co-host a “booth ho”.

Per The Ringer: “Women’s bodies and clothing are recurring subjects for Richards. In a 2013 episode, he says that women “dress like a whore” on Halloween; on another, he tells the story of a former Price employee who had taken to the pastry shop: “We said we were going to have to see her come out of her room because she was going to be so giant that she. could not fit the door.

In his statement to The Ringer, which Sony also provided to Variety, Richards said the podcast “was meant to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who used to joke.” He said his attempts to be funny and provocative were not acceptable and that he had deleted the episodes, pledging to fulfill his obligations as a model.

Podcast clips may add another wrinkle to Sony’s “Jeopardy” reveal, given lingering concerns about Richards’ involvement in tilting host research in his favor. It also raises questions about Sony’s vetting process for its selection.

Here is the statement in full:

“It is humbling to face such a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, recklessness and callousness almost a decade ago. Looking back, of course, there is no excuse for the comments I have made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry. 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. My responsibilities today as a father, husband and public figure who speaks to many people through my role on television mean that I have important and serious obligations as a model, and I intend to ‘to live up to them. “

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