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‘Jeopardy!’ Taps Michael Davies as Permanent Showrunner

It’s official: Michael Davies is the new showrunner of Jeopardy!. The Embassy Row president announced in a blog post Thursday that he has accepted producer Sony Pictures Television’s offer to become the permanent replacement for ousted showrunner Mike Richards. “Today, I am delighted to announce that I have accepted Sony’s offer to become the show’s […]

‘Jeopardy!’ Ratings Solid for Mike Richards’ Hosting Week

Ratings for the opening week of Jeopardy!‘s 2021-22 season — and the only week with Mike Richards as host — were up a bit from the same week a year ago. Richards, the former executive producer of the syndicated game show, presided over the opening week of shows. He was pushed out of the role […]

Before ‘Jeopardy,’ Mike Richards Left Tumultuous Legacy at ‘Price Is Right’

Mike Richards came highly recommended to CBS’ The Price Is Right. The iconic game show produced by Fremantle was a year removed from a major transition as longtime host Bob Barker wrapped up a 35-year run in June 2007, with the studio passing the torch to comedian Drew Carey. Richards, who worked at Dick Clark […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why the Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ Matters

The focus on the sudden stepping down of newly selected Jeopardy! host Mike Richards over insensitive and out-of-touch sexist comments misses the deeper reason the show’s search for a new host has become such a dramatic public debacle. The way the show’s producers handled the transition from the Golden Age of Trebek is just as insensitive […]

John Oliver Doubles Down on Mike Richards Criticism Following ‘Jeopardy!’ Brouhaha

John Oliver addressed the recent appointment — and subsequent exit — of Mike Richards as Jeopardy! host on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight. The opening sequence of his HBO show featured an image of Richards fading out with the words “Postus Hostus.” Oliver then went on to call Richards — who is also the show’s executive producer — a […]

Hollywood Responds to Mike Richards Stepping Down as ‘Jeopardy!’ Host With Calls to Hire LeVar Burton

Entertainment and media figures are responding to the news that Jeopardy! is once again searching for a new host following executive producer Mike Richards’ announcement that he would be stepping down from the role a week after he was selected to take over for longtime host Alex Trebek. On Friday, producer Sony Pictures Television announced […]

Critic’s Notebook: A ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Search So Blundered It Almost Feels Intentional

Mike Richards stepping down as host of 'Jeopardy!' after only one day looks bad, but at least the responsibility of replacing Alex Trebek is now off the table.