November 30, 2022

Mike Richards fired as executive producer of Jeopardy! And the Wheel of Fortune

Sony has fired Mike Richards “Jeopardy” and “Executive ProducerThe wheel of fortune. Michael Davis, executive producer of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, will assume production responsibilities in the interim, based on Sony’s diplomatic line.

The news was announced by Suzanne Breit, Executive Vice President of Trade and Strategy, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” In a note to the staff. Breit said he takes on a more active role day in and day out on the shows moving forward.

Richards exits “Jeopardy!” That comes a week after he was forced to resign. Nine days after the success of the host, Alex Trebek, the host as the face of the beloved quiz show.

“We believed when Mike stepped down as host at Jeopardy! It would have alleviated the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced over the past few weeks,” Breit said in his note. “It’s not clear.”

Richards quit his job as host after ugly statements reappeared in the eight-year-old podcast series, and continued to worry about the host selection process — Richards scaled the search as host to change Trebe in his favor. Many of the “price is right” models he produced in 2010 and 2011 followed the non-disclosure of working discrimination cases.

After Richards left the host chair, Sony voiced support for him to remain in his role as executive producer. “Mike has been with us for the last two years and ‘Jeopardy!’ The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, however;

But it was said that morale was low on both shows, and even before the recent hosting failure, events over the past few weeks had made things unacceptable on both sets – but not particularly “Jeopardy”. According to a local, the “Wheel of Fortune” crew has been fully aware in the dark in recent weeks of what is happening and who is operating the ship.)

Richards on his first and single day “Jeopardy!” Five episodes filmed as. The permanent host is scheduled to launch the new season on September 13; It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

Richards was responsible as executive producer on both “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy”. In 2020, after the departure of longtime executive producer Harry Friedman, he announced his departure in August 2019 when his contract expired. “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” Since 1997.

The successor plan came into view in 2019, when Richards stepped down as executive producer of both “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal” and signed a multi-year contract with Sony Pictures TV. In addition to being a producer, Richards has hosted several shows over the years, including “Beauty and the Geek,” “Separated” and “Pyramid”.

Richards “Jeopardy!” Given the difficult period for the show, Trebeck’s illness and death, as well as the impact of the Govt-19 epidemic on the production of the studio – based show. He helped oversee the initial process of replacing Trebeck, but said he had an idea to step down as part of that process after throwing his hat in the ring for work.

Richards was appointed permanent host on August 11, and Variety announced six days later that he was in advanced negotiations for the job he wanted. At the same time, former guest host Mayim Bialik “Jeopardy!” Appointed as presenter of. Prime Time Specials and Spinoff Series; During the day “Jeopardy!” She was refilled as a guest of honor. Following the expulsion of Richards as host; Another search for Trebeck’s permanent relocation is expected to include a session of other guest hosts in the near future.

Davis yelled “Jeopardy!” It is not clear whether he will be permanently responsible as the EP of. And “Wheel of Fortune”, but he’s in New York, where he produces a variety of unwritten series such as “Millionaire” and talk shows such as “Watch What Happens Live”. The embassy line is also increasing the status of its podcasts. In addition, Davis is a football pundit who co-hosts the “Men in Blazers” TV show, Podcast and Digital, with Roger Bennett.

The following was sent to “Jeopardy”. And “Wheel of Fortune” staff from Breit:

I am writing to let you know that Mike no longer serves as the wheel and Jeopardy’s EP! Effective immediately. We believed when Mike stepped down as host at Jeopardy! This would have lessened the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced over the past few weeks. It clearly did not happen.

Michael Davis from the embassy line agreed to assist production on an interim basis until further notice. Michael and I will be working with all of you over the weeks.

I know this is a challenging time for the whole team and I would like to thank you for your cooperation and professionalism over the past few weeks. As Ravi mentioned last week, I will be more involved in progressing day by day in our programs and I look forward to working closely with all of you. If you need anything please do not hesitate to contact.

Sincerely,
Suzanne