A new report confirms that Mike Richards allegedly said yes to undergo sensitivity training after stepping down as the new “Jeopardy!” host.
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Richards, the executive producer who was named the new leader of the famous game show, will now go through training while still being behind the scenes as the executive producer, according to the New York Times.
This week, Sony executive Ravi Ahuja spoke with “Jeopardy!” employees via phone to get their input on how the show should move forward after Richards announced he was resigning as host.
The report confirmed that Richards was on the call with employees. During the discussion, Richards apologized for his behavior and asked employees to give him a chance to show them “who he really is.”
“Mike is committed to continuing as the executive producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune,” Richards’ spokesperson said, confirming Richards was not negotiating an exit from Sony.
Richards stepped down from his newly appointed role earlier this month and apologized after contentious remarks he made about women on a previous podcast resurfaced.
Following his stepping down from hosting duties, some fans on social media are now calling on Richards to resign as the executive producer for the famous game show.
“It feels like he doesn’t quite realize the gravity of his mistake and thinks that if he just stays behind the scenes, then everything will blow over,” fan Andy Saunders, who runs the website “The Jeopardy! Fan,” said.
Saunders also tweeted: “From this fan’s perspective, Mike Richards did a terrible job as EP. There were a number of mistakes last season where many were left wondering ‘how on earth did that actually get aired?’”
On Twitter, many fans of “Jeopardy!” also voiced their concern about Richards still working as executive producer for the show.
“Mike Richards is out as Jeopardy host, but will remain the show’s executive producer?” one user asked.
Richards announced he would be ending his brief run as host in an internal memo.
In early August, before the news was officially announced, Richards defended himself against past discrimination lawsuits that resurfaced amid reports that he and the show were in advanced negotiations to make him the new host. The lawsuits in question, which date back to 2010 and 2011, alleged that Richards mistreated colleagues while serving as an executive producer on “The Price Is Right.”