What Mike Richards Has Said About the Permanent Hosting Role

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Jeopardy! is coming to the end of its season of guest hosts, with the permanent replacement for Alex Trebek set to be announced very soon.

Mike Richards is thought to be the front-runner, but that’s led to a backlash from some fans—especially after it emerged he was implicated in discrimination lawsuits from his time as a producer on The Price is Right.

After the news broke, Richards reacted to it via a letter to his team at Jeopardy!, which addressed the reports directly, as well as the rumors that he was in advanced negotiations for the main hosting job. The letter was leaked to the press.

The executive producer wrote: “It is true that I was asked if I would consider hosting the show. I was humbled and deeply honored. No final decisions have been made and discussions with me and other potential hosts are still ongoing.

“I know I have mentioned this to you all before, but the choice on this is not my decision and never has been. Throughout this search, Sony’s top priority has always been to continue the incredible legacy you and Alex built.

“As you know, Alex always believed the game itself and the contestants are the most important aspects of the show, and that will continue to be the guiding principle as the decision is finalized.”

Addressing the allegations, he said: “These were allegations made in employment disputes against the show. I want you all to know that the way in which my comments and actions have been characterized in these complaints does not reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together on The Price is Right.”

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Speaking to USA Today in May, Richards spoke of the potential of him taking the top job. He said: “I mean, it’s the greatest job in television, although I may be biased. I would definitely consider it if Sony made that decision and wanted me to do it. It would be amazing.”

Per USA Today, top-level executives at Sony are making the decision based on factors like ratings, a viewer focus group and social media reaction—though they have claimed social media is one of the lesser factors.

Asked about the host search in a Multichannel News interview in May, he said: “We aren’t looking for a three-year host, we’re looking for a 10-year or a 20-year host.

“Stability is one of the show’s strengths, so we need to consider who’s got a 20-year horizon and who can focus on the show and make it great over that time.”

In February 2021, meanwhile, he told USA Today: “Let’s make sure we get someone we are going to feel even better about in a decade than we do this year.”

Mike Richards was the second of the “Jeopardy!” guest hosts following the death of Alex Trebek.
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