‘Jeopardy!’ host Mike Richards is ‘deeply sorry’ for resurfaced sexist comments

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Mike Richards, one of the new hosts of "Jeopardy!" and one of the show's longtime producers, is facing yet another controversy.

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Richards has apologized after contentious remarks he made about women on a previous podcast resurfaced, People reported.

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"It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago," the 46-year-old said in a statement. "Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry."

"The podcast was intended to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who had a history of joking around. Even with the passage of time, it's more than clear that my attempts to be funny and provocative were not acceptable, and I have removed the episodes," the statement continued. "My responsibilities today as a father, husband, and a public personality who speaks to many people through my role on television means I have substantial and serious obligations as a role model, and I intend to live up to them."

People confirmed that a spokesperson for Sony Pictures Television and "Jeopardy!" had no comment.

An article published by The Ringer reported that the new host hosted a podcast called "The Randumb" from 2013 to 2014. The podcast talked about his previous workplace, "The Price Is Right."

On several episodes, Richards made several inappropriate statements about women.

In an incident captured by The Ringer, Richards called his podcast co-host Beth Triffon a "booth h*" and a "booth sl**" when talking about her work as a model. He also called some female friends "really frumpy and overweight" after seeing a photo of the women in their one-piece swimsuits at a lake. Richards was also known for using inappropriate terms for people with mental disabilities.

Last week, the long-running game show announced not one, but two hosts to replace the beloved late host Alex Trebek for the first time in the show’s history.

Richards is set to host the daily syndicated program and “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik will host primetime and spin-off specials of the quiz show.

"We are thrilled to begin the next chapter of America's Favorite Quiz Show with Mike hosting our daily show and Mayim hosting new versions of Jeopardy!," said Ravi Ahuja, Chairman of Global Television Studios and Corporate Development for Sony Pictures. "We took this decision incredibly seriously."

"A tremendous amount of work and deliberation has gone into it, perhaps more than has ever gone into the selection of hosts for a show — deservedly so because it's Jeopardy! and we are following the incomparable Alex Trebek. A senior group of Sony Pictures Television executives pored over footage from every episode, reviewed research from multiple panels and focus groups, and got valuable input from our key partners and Jeopardy! viewers," Ahuja added.

Ahuja continued: "We knew early on that we wanted to divide the hosting responsibilities and it became very clear that Mike and Mayim were the undeniable choices. They were both at the top of our research and analysis. Mike is a unique talent, at ease behind the podium and a double threat as producer and host. Mayim has a wonderful energy, an innate sense of the game, and an authentic curiosity that naturally represents the Jeopardy! brand. We are excited to get to work with them both and are confident that they will carry on the legacy of this iconic show."

While Richards was in negotiations, he defended himself against past discrimination lawsuits, which dated back to 2010 and 2011, and alleged that Richards mistreated colleagues while serving as an executive producer on “The Price Is Right.”

Alex Trebek served as the legendary host of the show for 36 years. Since his death in 2020, multiple guest-hosts have gunned for the position, including Joe Buck, LeVar BurtonSavannah GuthrieBill WhitakerAnderson Cooper, and George Stephanopoulos.

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