Mike Richards is out as executive producer of “Jeopardy!”, days after he exited as the quiz show’s newly appointed host because of past misogynistic and disparaging comments.
Richards is also no longer executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune,” according to a memo to staff that was confirmed by Sony Pictures Television, which produces both of the shows.
“We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would allow both shows to continue in a productive and creative vein,” a statement from the company said. “But after discussions with both producers, we have determined that this is not possible.”
The moves followed a vote by the board of directors to institute immediate changes, including elevating Steve Young to executive producer of “Jeopardy!” and replacing Richards as executive producer of “Wheel” along with his duties as host. There were no immediate changes coming to the studio show “The Price Is Right.
Richards, who was named host of the long-running “Jeopardy!” in October, abruptly stepped down last week after his past derogatory comments about women came to light.
“I have reviewed Mike Richards’ comments on a YouTube video posted years ago and I find them abhorrent,” said Trebek in a statement he released on social media at the time. “I am disappointed by the comments of Mr. Richards.”
It was that online video that brought Richards’ 2013 tirade against women to light. He had since apologized for his remarks, calling them “immature, stupid and unfunny.
“I also wholeheartedly apologize to Alex, all the contestants, and everyone at Jeopardy! for making a nasty, juvenile and hurtful comment,” he said. “I meant to be funny … but in reality I was just an arrogant, naïve and hurtful person. I am embarrassed because my behavior on that video is not the person I am today.”
The 2013 video featured Richards saying that “Black women are very demanding” because they want men to be “taller than me … have a good job” while black men only want to date white women. It also included him calling a woman “c—y” and commenting on her body parts while his friends laughed in approval.