Mike Richards is no longer Executive Producer of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He had resigned as host on August 20.
According to a statement from Suzanne Prete of Sony Pictures Television, “We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened.”
Michael Davies from Embassy Row, best known as an Executive Producer during the heyday of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?, will serve as interim Executive Producer.
Richards had come under severe censure in the industry and in the media for reprehensible podcast remarks reported on by Claire McNear at The Ringer.
Editorially: I am disappointed that Sony felt the need to double down for so long on Richards, but am pleased that they have finally realized how toxic Richards was to the program. I am very much looking forward to seeing how the show can move forward from this era.
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