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‘Jeopardy!’ producer Mike Richards steps down as incoming host after controversial past comments

'Jeopardy!' producer Mike Richards steps down as incoming host after controversial past comments
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Mike Richards accepts the award for Outstanding Game Show for Jeopardy! during the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on June 25, 2021.

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Mike Richards has stepped down as the host of “Jeopardy!”

The news comes just days after it was revealed that he made comments about women, Jews and people with mental disabilities on a podcast he hosted from 2013 to 2014.

Production of the show has been canceled and a new search for a permanent host will resume. Richards, who also executive produces the show said guest hosts will return in order for production on the current season to continue.

 Richards, 46, admitted his “thoughtlessness” and “insensitivity” after an article Wednesday by The Ringer detailed the derogatory statements made on “The Randumb Show.” The podcast, which had 41 episodes, was taken offline by Richards on Tuesday after he was contacted by The Ringer for comment about the show.

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