Last week, Mike Richards stepped down from his newly appointed role as the host of “Jeopardy!”
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Richards 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, according to Newsweek.
“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,” told The New York Times.
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.
“Read this thread from @clairemcnear and then, once again, consider that Mike Richards is STILL an executive producer on Jeopardy,” tweeted writer Mo Ryan. “Being paid very well to set the tone, make hiring decisions and supervise employees and their work environment.”
While another fan wrote, “Mike Richards should also step down as Executive Producer, and certainly should not be involved in the search for a new host.”
“Mike Richards is out as Jeopardy host, but will remain the show’s executive producer?” another user asked.
Richards announced he would be ending his brief run as host in an internal memo on Friday.
“It pains me that these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we look to start a new chapter,” Richards wrote in the 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.”
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