What is “fired”? Embattled “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards is done.
Richards — the briefly appointed replacement host for the late Alex Trebek — has been officially disqualified as the EP for both that longtime game show and “Wheel of Fortune.”
The controversial 46-year-old stepped down from the coveted host gig last week amid public outrage and resurfaced sexist comments. However, Richards was expected to remain at the helm behind the scenes — while multiple guest hosts cycled through on-screen.
Show insiders confirmed Tuesday that Richards was also relieved of his EP duties.
In a statement to the staffs of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” that was shared with The Post, Suzanne Prete, a Sony Pictures Television executive, cited the need to minimize “disruption and internal difficulties.”
Prete’s full official statement:
I’m writing to let you know that Mike will no longer be serving as EP of Wheel and Jeopardy! effective immediately. 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. That clearly has not happened.
Michael Davies from Embassy Row has agreed to help with production on an interim basis until further notice. Michael and I will work together with all of you in the weeks ahead to ensure that production remains on schedule and we do not miss a beat as we head into the new season.
I know this has been a challenging time for the entire team, and I want to thank you all for your cooperation and professionalism over these last few weeks. As Ravi mentioned last week, I will be more involved in the day-to-day on our shows moving forward and I am looking forward to working closely with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.
As The Post reported earlier this month, fan backlash brewed immediately after rumors swirled that he was in “advanced negotiations” for the host job. Then a series of sexist and anti-Semitic comments he made on a podcast eight years ago came to light — which Richards apologized for, saying they were a “terribly embarrassing” misjudgment. He quit as host the next day.
The man who could not fill Trebek’s shoes copped to “insensitivity” after the resurfacing of crass wisecracks he made on “The Randumb Show.” He created and hosted a version of that show that was a weekly late-night comedy talk show in the late ’90s as a student at Pepperdine University — but the comments in question were recorded for a resurrected, podcast version of the show, in his office on the set of “The Price Is Right” circa 2013.
The now-married father of two referred to then-co-host and former assistant Beth Triffon as a “booth ho,” “booth slut” and “boothstitute,” and asked her about her “booby pictures” on her phone, the Ringer first reported, quoting episodes that have now been yanked from the web.
The Burbank, Calif., native also labeled Triffon’s friends “really frumpy and overweight,” saying “they look fat and not good,” while also declaring that women “dress like a hooker” on Halloween.
The outlet said it reviewed all 41 episodes after news broke that Richards was accused in a lawsuit of harassing TV models, which he denied and recently insisted the allegations did “not reflect the reality of who I am.”
In his unsuccessful media mea culpa last Friday, Richards also apologized to the staff “for the unwanted negative attention” that has come to “Jeopardy!” and vowed to do the work necessary to “regain your trust and confidence.”
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