Mike Richards is stepping down as host of Jeopardy, simply over every week after Sony named him the present’s everlasting host.
Richards’ determination comes after studies that he made offensive feedback in direction of a feminine colleague in 2013 and 2014, together with off-color remarks about Jews. Via the New York Times, Richards launched the next memo to employees on Friday:
It pains me that these previous incidents and feedback have forged such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we glance to begin a brand new chapter.
As I discussed final week, I used to be deeply honored to be requested to host the syndicated present and was thrilled by the chance to increase my position. However, during the last a number of days it has change into clear that shifting ahead as host could be an excessive amount of of a distraction for our followers and never the fitting transfer for the present.
As such, I might be stepping down as host efficient instantly. As a outcome, we might be canceling manufacturing right now.
[Sony Pictures Television] will now resume the seek for a everlasting syndicated host. In the meantime, we might be bringing again visitor hosts to proceed manufacturing for the brand new season, particulars of which might be introduced subsequent week.
I would like to apologize to every of you for the undesirable damaging consideration that has come to Jeopardy! over the previous couple of weeks and for the confusion and delays that is now inflicting. I do know I’ve lots of work to do to regain your belief and confidence.
There’s extra to this story than Richards’ remarks. Richards made a mistake almost 10 years in the past. He ought to apologize, and we must always permit him to develop from that mistake. However, Richards was a goal of the press earlier than The Ringer this week unearthed his remarks in 2013.
Two weeks in the past, CNN printed a complicated hit piece on Richards that didn’t get to its precise opinion till the ultimate line, which learn:
“The choice of yet another white man, who also happens to be an insider of elite TV media, sends a clear message: The boys are not ready to hand over the keys yet, and no amount of public shaming or appeals to diversity can convince them that they should.”
Ahh, that’s why the nation is all of sudden taking anti-Semitic feedback significantly.
CNN and media shops alike have been unable to settle for that Sony selected a white male. In the minds of media writers, as a result of a white male particular person prior to now held a place, it’s racist if one other white male particular person takes that place. They ought to be disqualified. In different phrases, CNN views you solely by your pores and skin colour. Meaning, CNN appears to be like at these with the identical pores and skin colour as you as half of your crew.
Sony is aware of this, and gained’t make the identical “mistake” twice.
Jeopardy will presumably preserve Mayim Bialik as host of specials and substitute Richards with one other host for its syndication applications. Put me down for LeVar Burton, for whom the media shops are nonetheless campaigning.