Connect with us

Breaking News

14

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

Photo: SPT

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.

Leave a comment | 14 Comments
Advertisement

14

avatar
10 Comment threads
4 Thread replies
3 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
12 Comment authors
SatanwhynotThe other LisSusandunya Mazrec Recent comment authors
newest oldest
Scott (ATWT Fan)
Guest
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
Guest
Soaphound

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

Satan
Guest
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
Guest
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
Guest
Satan

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

Mark
Guest
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
Guest
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
Guest
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
Guest
gary

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

nONE OF YOUR BUSINESS
Guest
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
Guest
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
Guest
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
Guest
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
Guest
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.

Breaking News

Anne Heche Memoir ‘Call Me Anne’ to Be Released Posthumously

Following the tragic death of Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), now comes word that the follow-up to her 2001 memoir Call Me Crazy will be released in January of 2023 posthumously.

Independent publisher, Start, shared an excerpt of the upcoming memoir, Call Me Anne, this week with the AP and Publisher’s Weekly.  The book’s publisher, Jarred Weisfeld, signed a deal with Heche back in May, and shared that she had turned it into a manuscript shortly before she died.

In a statement, Weisfield shared, “Anne was an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. This book deserves to be read by all of her fans. We are grateful to have the opportunity to share her message with the world. While we are very sad that Anne isn’t here to see the book be published we know it’s what she would have wanted.”

During her podcast “Better Together” with co-host Heather Duffy, Heche had mentioned she was writing a sequel to her original memoir, and that ‘some of the truths’ about her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres would be revealed.

Ellen and Anne’s relationship in Hollywood in the late 90’s, ultimately led to her being blacklisted in Hollywood due to the twosome being one of the first openly gay couples in Tinseltown.  In an excerpt from Call Me Anne, Heche shares, “I was labeled ‘outrageous’ because I fell in love with a woman. I had never been with a woman before I dated Ellen.”

Courtesy/StartPublishing

In a epilogue to the book, Heather Duffy expressed that Anne’s, “wish was that this book could help others get to the other side of pain and learn about her philosophy, which allowed her to remain in a life where she woke up each day looking for opportunities to find joy and spread kindness. So, in some ways, knowing her the way I do and knowing that spreading her message of kindness is what mattered to her most, she would be content that the last thing she worked on was this book.”

Anne passed away on August 14th at the age of 53, after being taken off life-support from injuries sustained from her fiery car crash into a home that eventually took her life.

What do you think about Anne’s second memoir coming in 2023? Will you be intrigued to see what she had to share? Let us know in the comment section. 

In case you missed it, Heche discusses with Michael Fairman in a virtual interview two years ago, about her time with DeGeneres and how it impacted her getting work in Hollywood and more.  You can watch it below.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

PRIMETIME EMMYS: Soap Alums Murray Bartlett and Amanda Seyfried Take Home Acting Honors

The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.

Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”

Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout.  In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

Photo: NBC

In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Ralph became only the second black actress to win in the supporting actress category in 35 years – the first being none other than Days of our Lives’ Jackée Harry (Paulina) who won for her performance in 1987 for 227.

After Sheryl sang when she hit the stage to accept the award, she clarified what she was singing about adding: “I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist as a woman, especially as a woman of color … I’m an endangered species. I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs. And there’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life, find your voice and put it where it belongs.”

In an historic Emmy-win, The Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae became the first actor in a non-English series to win iLead Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Netflix’s South Korean smash hit.

Photo: NBC

Other Emmy highlights included a moving and emotional speech from Lizzo after Amazon’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls won the Emmy for Best Competition Program.

Photo: NBC

Lizzo shared: “I’m very emotional. The trophy is nice, but my emotion is for these people who are on the stage with me. The stories that they shared, they’re not that unique. They just don’t get the platform. Telling stories, let’s just tell more stories. When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media, someone fat like me, Black like me, beautiful like me.  If I could go back and tell little Lizzo something, I’d be like, ‘You’re going to see that person, but Bitch, it’s gonna have to be you.’”

In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.

Now, let us know, who you were most excited seeing take home the gold statuette during the 74th Primetime Emmys via the comment section. But first check out, Murray, Amanda, Sheryl Lee and Lizzo’s winning moments below.

Continue Reading

All My Children

Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

Photo: JPI

The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

GH’s Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) talks with Michael Fairman immediately following his Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Younger Performer in Drama Series. Leave A Comment
Advertisement

The Michael Channel

Advertisement

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Cynthia Watros as Nina

General Hospital

Airdate: 9-6-2022

Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular