Sony Pictures Televisions has announced that after months of speculation, the next season of “Jeopardy!” will have two permanent hosts — if you count its spin-off shows.
As previously speculated, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards will take on the role of main host of the show (despite no one knowing who he is — or being particularly pleased with his selection). However Sony surprised Jeopardy! fans with the announcement of a second host on Wednesday: Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, will present for all primetime and spin-off specials, including Jeopardy’s upcoming National College Championship. Therefore, there are technicallytwo “Jeopardy!” hosts moving forward.
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That said, the same can’t necessarily be said for Mr. Richards. The producer of both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” has a long history of alleged harassment and discrimination, having been sued by multiple models from “Price Is Right”during the time he served as producer. In 2010, model Shane Stirling sued CBS and and its producer for her contract being terminated due to her pregnancy. Later that same year, Richards was accused of the same by Brandi Cochran, another model on the show.
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Cochran’s suit also alleged that as executive producer, “Richards decided that the models’ skirts should be shorter and said that he liked the models to look as if they were going out on a date. At his suggestion, models wore bikinis on the show more frequently.” In 2011, yet another “Price Is Right” model sued Richards for sexual harassment and wrongful termination, according to The Daily Beast.
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Richards sent Jeopardy! Staff a memo responding to the claims, saying: “These were allegations made in employment disputes against the show. I want you all to know that the way in which my comments and actions have been characterized in these complaints does not reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together on The Price Is Right.”
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