Pre-Jeopardy! One Day host Mike Richards answers

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East In danger! Creator Mike Richards is finally talking about what went wrong for him during his ill-fated tenure as host two years ago.

Richards was announced as the full-time replacement for the departing Alex Trebek in 2021. He resigned just a day before his resignation after questions were raised about his conduct.

“When we found out Alex was sick we never discussed how to replace Alex,” Richards tells People in a new interview. “Such a conversation would have been very humiliating. We talked about having people come over and host guests if Alex got very sick. But we always knew Alex would come back until he decided he wouldn’t come back.

Trebek died of pancreatic cancer in November 2020. At the time, several guest hosts were brought in as executives were struggling to determine who would be the host.

The trial included Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Buck and Robin Roberts. During the process, Richards was added to the mix and, eventually, was offered the job.

“No one was more surprised than me,” he said. “They told me, ‘We would like you to be the host of the syndicated version of In danger!‘ I stopped and said, ‘Oh wow. Thank you. What is a media plan?’ Because I was very concerned that it would be scrutinized just as closely as a presidential election. There was a widespread belief that whoever got the job first would not be able to do the job.”

Richards also served as producer wheel of Fortune, and added, “Everyone was very angry, because it looked like I had gone into a room and picked myself up. And that doesn’t happen in television. But I understood that outward appearances were just like that.”

Finally, details of Richards’ alleged treatment the price is right The model from the previous discrimination lawsuit immediately reemerged.

“I hosted for a day,” he said. “And then the Anti-Defamation League was called in to investigate me.”

The investigation got a boost from a revelation The Ringerwhich detailed offensive comments referring to women, Jewish people, and the mentally disabled that he made on a podcast he hosted in 2013.

“I told him, I will answer anything. I’m an open book and I’m proud of what I did. I’m proud of my track record as a boss,” Richards said. “But by then, everyone was like, ‘Oh, he’s a terrible person.’ It was the price you pay for joining the zeitgeist at a very inopportune moment.

Richards said he’s finally talking about the experience to clear up the situation surrounding his experience in the cultural storm.

“I think I can be a force for good as far as open, honest conversations go. We can all disagree on a lot of things. We can disagree about politics. We may disagree on who is the host In danger! We can disagree about liking the finale In danger! Signal. And we should. But I felt like there was a rush to judgment, and a lot of people were happy to say, ‘I’ve got you.'”

Since his dismissal, Richards is still introducing game show concepts.

“If I pitched a show and someone asked, ‘Would you host it?’ I say, ‘Only if you think I’m the right man for the job. I don’t care if you have someone else in mind,'” he said.

Richards further stated that there were no regrets on his part about the Jeopardy program ultimately going to Jennings: “I always thought Ken was the guy.”

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