Controversial new “Jeopardy!” host Mike Richards created a sequence of sexist opinions in an old podcast — forcing him to apologize this 7 days for a “terribly embarrassing” misjudgment.
Richards, 46, admitted his “insensitivity” following The Ringer in depth derogatory feedback he built in “The Randumb Exhibit,” which he hosted from 2013 to 2014 and was taken offline this 7 days amid the scandal.
The outlet said it reviewed all 41-episodes soon after news broke that Richards had been accused in lawsuits of harassment from Television set styles, which he lately insisted did “not reflect the truth of who I am.”
The Ringer insisted that Richards’ denial “does not align” with the crude remarks he on a regular basis spouted on his podcast, which was recorded in “The Price Is Right” studios when he was govt there.
In them, Richards referred to cohost and former assistant Beth Triffon as a “booth ho,” “booth slut” and “boothstitute,” and questioned her about her “booby pictures” on her cell phone, The Ringer reported.
In one more episode, Richards identified as Triffon’s buddies “really frumpy and obese,” stating “they appear excess fat and not excellent in the photograph,” and he also mentioned women “dress like a hooker” on Halloween.
Richards utilized derogatory phrases for minimal folks and the mentally disabled, and recommended that men and women gathering unemployment positive aspects or meals stamps ought to “feel a very little soiled.”
In a single episode speaking about folks with major noses, Richards explained, “Ixnay on the ose-nay. She’s not an ew-Jay.”
He frequently praised the “the normal white-dude host,” and requested his co-host if she lived in Haiti when she detailed issues she was getting in her apartment.
“Doesn’t it sound like that? Like, the urine scent, the female in the muumuu, the stray cats,” he reported.
“Jeopardy!” producers Sony Shots Television informed The Hollywood Reporter that they were being unaware of the podcast until eventually this 7 days and had no further more remark at this time.
Richards issued a groveling apology Wednesday.
“It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing minute of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from virtually a ten years ago,” he stated.
“Looking back again now, there is no excuse, of class, for the feedback I designed on this podcast and I am deeply sorry.
“The podcast was supposed to be a sequence of irreverent discussions concerning longtime mates who had a historical past of joking about,” he said.
“Even with the passage of time, it is a lot more than crystal clear that my attempts to be funny and provocative have been not suitable, and I have taken off the episodes.
“My obligations right now as a father, husband, and a community personality who speaks to quite a few individuals via my function on tv usually means I have substantial and serious obligations as a job model, and I intend to are living up to them,” he insisted.
Richards was named final 7 days as the replacement to the late Alex Trebek as the show’s host, although “The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik will host primetime and spinoff specials.
Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for 36 decades and 8,200 episodes right until his untimely death in November 2020.
Sony reported it took the determination “incredibly seriously,” despite Richards not getting a supporter favorite.