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Mike Richards Steps Down as New ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Amid Mounting Controversies

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After much backlash and a myriad of former allegations and controversies, Mike Richards has decided to step down and away from his new hosting duties at Jeopardy! 

The series executive producer was named host last week causing many to cry foul when viewers were very much into other guest hosts who tried out for the hosting spot that would succeed the late iconic host, Alex Trebek.

The news of his exit as host came after a report from Ringer surfaced about Richards’ previous offensive and sexist comments towards his female co-hosts and guests on The Randumb Show, a podcast he hosted in 2013 and 2014.  This came in the wake of previous allegations from his time and legal issues with women during his time as producer at The Price is Right.

 

On Friday, Richards made his decision through a memo that circulated within the production and it was posted by Deadline, which said in Richards words:  “Dear Team, it pains me that these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we look to start a new chapter. As I mentioned last week, I was deeply honored to be asked to host the syndicated show and was thrilled by the opportunity to expand my role. However, over the last several days it has become clear that moving forward as host would be too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show. As such, I will be stepping down as host effective immediately. As a result, we will be canceling production today.  SPT will now resume the search for a permanent syndicated host. 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.  I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention that has come to Jeopardy! over the last few weeks and for the confusion and delays this is now causing. I know I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust and confidence.”

Sony Pictures Television made this comment on Richards hosting exit: “We support Mike’s decision to step down as host. We were surprised this week to learn of Mike’s 2013/2014 podcast and the offensive language he used in the past. We have spoken with him about our concerns and our expectations moving forward. Mike has been with us for the last two years and has led the Jeopardy! team through the most challenging time the show has ever experienced. It is our hope that as EP he will continue to do so with professionalism and respect.”

So, as of now the search is back on for the syndicated nightly version of Jeopardy! As noted, guest hosts will now fill the space, until one of them is named permanent host putting the likes of Levar Burton, Ken Jennings and more back into the equation. Mayim Bialik was previously named host of the primetime specials and versions of Jeopardy!

So, what do you think about Richards decision to step down? Was he forced to do so? Who should be the ultimate host of Jeopardy! now? Comment below.

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

We knew it was coming. There was no way anyone would allow him to continue on as host of Jeopardy! with everything that’s come out, especially following the article from The Ringer. It is my hope they can try and convince Mayim Bialik to sign-on full time as host.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I hope so too, Scott. I also enjoyed Aaron Rodgers and the sportscaster who was the last guest host.

Satan
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Satan

Aaron Rodgers would be an interesting choice. I suspect he would rather do that than end up like the typical “retired” NFL guys, doing network sports commentary, commercials, or both. And he’s already done the insurance ads.

Not retired from football yet, but he’s pushing 40, so it’s a matter of time. Maybe the Jeopardy producers would be willing to work around his NFL schedule, or move their production to Wisconsin. (Yeah that last part really isn’t likely, is it?)

dunya Mazrec
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dunya Mazrec

I am flabbergasted that they could let someone with his background advance to this stage. Didn’t they ever hear of background checks? Negative, insulting, derogatory remarks from this guy are not hard to find. It would never have worked and he should have been vetted in the first place. Just imagine how the Trebeks must feel after putting so much effort and money into establishing a homeless shelter when this dickwad chastises a woman for giving a homeless woman a dollar.

Satan
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Satan

Well that didn’t take long. Mike has just become the William Henry Harrison of Jeopardy hosts.

Mark
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Mark

Why is this such a big deal to find a host for this show I can think of a million people to host it instead they pick this douchebag nobody. Get real!

Kathleen Hughbanks
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Kathleen Hughbanks

Mr. Richards has made the correct choice to step away from a role which our country has respected for so long. Mayim Bialik is still my first choice. I understand she can’t, at this time, fulfill the role as Jeopardy host. So let the search continue.

Max
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Max

I say, move Mayim Bialik into the daily host position and name Ken Jennings to host prime time specials. The shows audiences know them and they are both a good and comfortable fit.

gary
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gary

That happened long ago on a podcast far away He would have been great!

nONE OF YOUR BUSINESS
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nONE OF YOUR BUSINESS

Ken Jennings is the most qualified and able person to host Jeopardy. Why keep bouncing around trying to make the world happy with other possibilities? Why waste more time?
The best candidates would be one of the past Jeopardy CHAMPIONS!

Susan
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Susan

People may make poor choices in their lives, but should those choices haunt them forever? It’s not fair to expect perfection from those around us unless we expect the same from ourselves. In my opinion, Mike was the best guest host and realized that he was not the star of the show….the show itself is the star.

whynot
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whynot

Most intelligent adults can understand that there are DEGREES of transgressions. This guy didn’t accidentally fart on the air; he made disparaging remarks about women, Jews, homeless people and the mentally disabled. Raise your standards. Be better.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Bright man but did he not anticipate that all of his former jobs and podcasts would get scrutiny? When you look at all the talent that applied for the job he should have realized how cut throat the selection process would be? The Ringer article was devastating. Someone did not vet this selection. I just hope they name a permanent host soon and move on.

whynot
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whynot

Oh please – he “stepped down” as much as I won the Super Bowl last year. They canned his sorry behind. I’m sick of jerks like this giving all us men a bad name.

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‘The View’s’ Sunny Hostin & Ana Navarro Test Positive for COVID-19; Asked to Leave Studio Ahead Of V.P. Kamala Harris Interview

This morning on The View, an awkward situation arose, when while on the air, co-hosts, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, where asked to leave the panel desk and exit the studio.

All of this happened before a live interview was scheduled to happen with Vice President Kamala Harris.  It was revealed that Hostin and Navarro tested positive for Covid-19, and were ‘breakthrough” cases since they had been previously vaccinated.

Host, Joy Behar delivered the news to the audience at home so they knew what was going on with the bizarre moment playing out on live TV, sharing,  “Ana and Sunny, at the last minute we realized they have tested positive for COVID so they have been taken off of the show.”

Harris, who had planned to join the ladies at the table, instead was going to be interviewed remotely from a different place in the ABC TV studio in New York, while Joy Behar and Sara Haines remained on the set.

As for Kamala Harris, Behar added: “It’s very important we keep her healthy and safe. The Secret Service is doing things to make her feel safe.”

While the delay was announced, Behar and Haines took questions from the in-studio audience.

Watch Behar below explain what was going on.

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Mike Richards Out as EP of ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’

What has become of the beloved game show treasure Jeopardy!, since the death of its iconic Alex Trebek, will surely at some point be made into a movie with backstage drama galore and breaking headlines news all along the way.

Now comes an official statement from Sony Pictures Television that they have now let-go of Mike Richards from his duties as executive producer of both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

This comes after Richards controversial choice as the new syndicated host amid allegations, lawsuits and what seemed to be the final straw, The Ringer’s report and findings of insensitive and sexist comments made by Richards on The Randumb Show, a podcast he hosted in 2013 and 2014.

Suzanne Prete, EVP, Business and Strategy, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, sent out an internal note to the staff on both shows this morning. The content included that Richards would depart his EP roles effective immediately and Embassy Row’s Michael Davies stepping in to do the job on an interim basis.

According to Deadline, the note read as follows:

Dear Team,

I’m writing to let you know that Mike will no longer be serving as EP of Wheel and Jeopardy! effective immediately.  We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened.  Michael Davies from Embassy Row has agreed to help with production on an interim basis until further notice. Michael and I will work together with all of you in the weeks ahead to ensure that production remains on schedule and we do not miss a beat as we head into the new season.

I know this has been a challenging time for the entire team, and I want to thank you all for your cooperation and professionalism over these last few weeks. As Ravi mentioned last week, I will be more involved in the day-to-day on our shows moving forward and I am looking forward to working closely with all of you.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything. 

So, what do you think of all the twists and turns that have now led to Richards ousting as host and his EP duties on two game show? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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