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Jeopardy! Host Mike Richards Steps Down After Insensitive Comments Surface

UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 25: In this screenshot released on June 25, Mike Richards accepts the award for Outstanding Game Show for Jeopardy! during the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on June 25, 2021. (Photo by Daytime Emmy Awards 2021 via Getty Images)

Jeopardy! host Mike Richards hasn’t been hosting for long, but he’s already in hot water with fans.

He’s apologizing, and now stepping down as host, after some podcast jokes he made resurfaced online. The jokes included him using offensive language and talking about women’s bodies.

In his apology, he said, “It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago.”

He also said, “Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast, and I am deeply sorry.”

The show will revert back to guest hosts for the time being.


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