Jeopardy!’ Host Mike Richards Steps Down; Show Halts Production

Newly named Jeopardy! host Mike Richards is stepping down amid accusations of past offensive comments.

According to USA TODAY, Richards said in a letter that he was “stepping down as host effective immediately.” He also noted that “as a result, we will be canceling production today.”

The letter also stated that Sony Pictures Television will resume its search for a permanent syndicated host and will bringing back guest hosts in the meantime.

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