'Jeopardy!' Fans Rejoice After Mike Richards' Stint as Host Ends After Only 9 Days

Jeopardy! fans descended on Twitter to share their their opinions, after it was announced on Friday that Mike Richards has stepped down as the new host.

Following a months-long search for a replacement for the late Alex Trebek, it was announced last Wednesday that Jeopardy! executive producer Richards would be a permanent presenter, alongside actress Mayim Bialik.

But his appointment was mired in controversy from the outset, with The Ringer this week publishing an article that detailed how Richards had made a series of offensive comments on podcast The Randumb Show, which he co-hosted between 2013 and 2014.

The ongoing outcry led to Richards announcing on Friday that he was stepping down from his newly assigned post, as he said in a statement: "It pains me that these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we look to start a new chapter.

"As I mentioned last week, I was deeply honored to be asked to host the syndicated show and was thrilled by the opportunity to expand my role. However, over the last several days it has become clear that moving forward as host would be too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show.

"As such, I will be stepping down as host effective immediately. As a result, we will be canceling production today. [Sony Pictures Television] will now resume the search for a permanent syndicated host.

"In the meantime, we will be bringing back guest hosts to continue production for the new season, details of which will be announced next week.

"I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention that has come to Jeopardy! over the last few weeks and for the confusion and delays this is now causing. I know I have a lot of work to do to regain your trust and confidence."

Sony Pictures Television said in its own statement: "We support Mike's decision to step down as host. We were surprised this week to learn of Mike's 2013/2014 podcast and the offensive language he used in the past. We have spoken with him about our concerns and our expectations moving forward."

"Mike has been with us for the last two years and has led the Jeopardy! team through the most challenging time the show has ever experienced. It is our hope that as EP he will continue to do so with professionalism and respect."

NONE of this had to happen. A FAIR process creating an EVEN playing field and EQUAL chance for EVERYONE to shine is all it took.

Newly named 'Jeopardy!' host #MikeRichards steps down from trivia show amid outcry over podcast comments.#JusticeForLeVar https://t.co/aHKMfIZfKX

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) August 20, 2021

I was really looking forward to the season premiere where after an exhaustive 61-clue search for the next Jeopardy champion, the show looks past the three obvious candidates and declares Mike Richards the winner

— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 20, 2021

Reacting to the news, Community star Yvette Nicole Brown wrote on Twitter: "NONE of this had to happen. A FAIR process creating an EVEN playing field and EQUAL chance for EVERYONE to shine is all it took."

James Holzhauer, one of the top Jeopardy! contestants of all time, also weighed in, as he said: "I was really looking forward to the season premiere where after an exhaustive 61-clue search for the next Jeopardy champion, the show looks past the three obvious candidates and declares Mike Richards the winner."

NPR host Linda Holmes echoed the sentiments of a large faction of Twitter users, who stated that Richards should never have landed the role in the first place.

"What an absolutely absurd, completely foreseeable, totally unnecessary, sloppy-a** unforced error this was," Holmes tweeted.

Journalist Tre'vell Anderson said of Richards: "He should've never been selected in the first place!"

What an absolutely absurd, completely foreseeable, totally unnecessary, sloppy-ass unforced error this was. https://t.co/DMMrKTxlIA

— Linda Holmes Thinks You're Doing Great (@lindaholmes) August 20, 2021

Congratulations, Mike Richards. You played yourself.https://t.co/UYxChWFa9O

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 20, 2021

"So sometimes you DON'T get away with it #Jeopardy," stated political commentator Keith Olbermann.

Broadcaster and author Keith Boykin also kept things short and sweet as he reacted: "Congratulations, Mike Richards. You played yourself."

In apparent acknowledgment of Richards' position as executive producer on Jeopardy! professional gamer Brian Kibler quipped: "Wow the person who hired him must look like a real idiot now..."

The Ringer reported that Richards made sexist comments, and spoke offensively about little people and Jewish people on his podcast, which he hosted while serving as a co-executive producer on The Price Is Right.

In one 2014 episode of the podcast, he called his former assistant and co-host Beth Triffon a "booth ho" and "booth slut" because of a modeling job she had at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Wow the person who hired him must look like a real idiot now... https://t.co/M30d6pV9gB

— Brian Kibler (@bmkibler) August 20, 2021

He should've never been selected in the first place!https://t.co/lMcjZ8q3Qs

— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) August 20, 2021

And in an episode where Triffon spoke about problems in her apartment, Richards said: "Does Beth live, like, in Haiti? Doesn't it sound like that? Like, the urine smell, the woman in the muumuu, the stray cats."

Richards subsequently issued an apology to The Ringer for the comments, saying his "attempts to be funny and provocative were not acceptable."

"It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago," he said. "Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry.

"The podcast was intended to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who had a history of joking around. Even with the passage of time, it's more than clear that my attempts to be funny and provocative were not acceptable, and I have removed the episodes.

"My responsibilities today as a father, husband and a public personality who speaks to many people through my role on television means I have substantial and serious obligations as a role model, and I intend to live up to them."

Before he his short-lived position was announced, Richards' past was also scrutinized, beginning with reports that he was accused by multiple models of discriminating against them when he was the producer on The Price Is Right.

Mike Richards steps down from "Jeopardy!" role
Mike Richards of the television show "Let's Make a Deal" Listens during the CBS Network portion of the 2009 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa on August 3, 2009 in Pasadena, California. Richards has stepped down from his new role as permanent host of "Jeopardy!" after just nine days. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images