The new host of one of the most popular game shows in the US, “Jeopardy!”, has resigned. , just nine days after he was chosen for the envied position, after being caught up in his sexual remarks.
Mike Richards, 46, has been chosen to replace Alex Trebek, who died last year of cancer after hosting the show nonstop since 1984.
A few days after Sony Pictures Television announced his nomination – and before he even started hosting “Jeopardy!” Mike Richards has found himself at the center of a controversy linked to derogatory comments about his co-hosts and women in general that were made public eight years ago in one of his podcasts.
“I’m saddened that these past events and comments have cast a shadow over Jeopardy!” Richards said in a letter to the game’s team, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.
Believing that continuing to want to host the show “would not be a good thing,” Mike Richards announced that he was “resigning with immediate effect” from his role as host.
A Sony Pictures Television spokesperson responded, “This week we were surprised to find Mike’s podcast in 2013/2014 and the derogatory language he has used in the past,” noting that Mike Richards will remain part of the “Jeopardy!” production team.
His replacement is at the helm of the show, followed by about ten million viewers per day, yet to be known on Friday.
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