‘Jeopardy!’ champ James Holzhauer on Mike Richards’ exit: ‘Ding dong! The witch is dead!’

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There’s no question how former “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer feels about Michael Richards being let go as executive producer of the hit game show amid his controversial comments.

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Following the news of Richards’ second firing, Holzhauer took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

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“Do I think Mike Richards’s podcast comments were appropriate for polite society? No. But did he deserve the benefit of the doubt for the job he did running Jeopardy? Also no,” the 37-year-old tweeted.

Holzhauer, who is famous for his 32-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!,” then shared a GIF from “The Wizard of Oz,” which showed the Munchkins dancing and singing: “Ding! Dong! The witch is dead!”

On Tuesday, Sony Pictures Television disclosed Richards would no longer serve as executive producer of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

“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,” wrote Suzanne Prete, EVP, Business and Strategy, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, in an internal message.

Initially tapped to be Alex Trebek’s permanent successor, Richards first stepped down from the hosting gig after coming under fire for contentious remarks he made about women and other marginalized groups on a resurfaced podcast. At the time, he said he would retain his position as executive producer.

Veteran television producer Michael Davies ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") will now oversee the production on a temporary basis.

Mayim Bialik, who was selected to lead “Jeopardy!” primetime and spin-off specials, is set to serve as the interim host of the nightly edition until a permanent replacement is picked.

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