Mike Richards, who previously stepped down as the new host of Jeopardy! amid controversy about past comments he made, has now stepped down as the executive producer of the legendary game show.
Sony released a memo on Tuesday saying that Richards was leaving the EP post he has held since 2020. Richards was in charge of producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
On August 11, it was announced that Richards would succeed the late Alex Trebek as the daily Jeopardy! host. However, after blowback, he resigned from that position on August 20.
Now, he won’t be working with the show in any capacity.
“We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks,” the Sony memo reads. “That clearly has not happened.”
Full memo from Sony on the Mike Richards exit from Jeopardy!: pic.twitter.com/Va0jTgLrLp
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) August 31, 2021
Richards was one of several guest hosts Jeopardy! used in the wake of Trebek’s passing.
Now, the program needs a new executive producer as well.