Mike Richards out as 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' EP following controversial comments

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In this screenshot released on June 25, Mike Richards accepts the award for Outstanding Game Show for Jeopardy! during the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on June 25, 2021. Photo credit Daytime Emmy Awards 2021 via Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A tumultuous few weeks for Mike Richards has ended with him not only out as host of “Jeopardy!” but also no longer executive producing the show, as well as “Wheel of Fortune.”

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Buzzfeed obtained a letter from Sony saying Richards would no longer serve in the position on both popular game shows, effective immediately.

“We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruption and integral difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened,” said Sony EVP of Business and Strategy Suzanne Prete in a letter to show staff.

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Richards was chosen as Alex Trebek’s successor in a decision that was seen as divisive from the beginning after the show had embarked on a search that included actors, sports figures, journalists and celebrities.

He was found to have made demeaning comments about women, the homeless and others that Richards had made on a 2013-14 podcast, “The Randumb Show.” He stepped down as host after reports came to light.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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