Robert: Mike Richards steps down as host of “Jeopardy!”

Published on August 20th, 2021 @ 12:24 PM


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Just days after being announced as the new host of Jeopardy!, Mike Richards is stepping down from the role.

“I was deeply honored to be asked to host the syndicated show and was thrilled by the opportunity to expand my role. However, over the last several days it has become clear that moving forward as host would be too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show,” Richards said in a statement. “As such, I will be stepping down as host effective immediately.”

Richards’ departure comes after controversial comments he made on his podcast years ago resurfaced.

“I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention that has come to Jeopardy! over the last few weeks and for the confusion and delays this is now causing. I know I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust and confidence,” he added.

There is no word on who the show will bring in to replace Richards.

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