That was quick.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Mike Richards will NOT become the new permanent host of Jeopardy!, releasing this 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.
SPT 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.”
The show had just started filming its new season Thursday with Richards on board as he was under fire for comments that have resurfaced from his old podcast. The Ringer posted the report, and included comments from 2013-2014 in the podcast that included mocking women's weight, calling one model a "booth slut" and repeatedly praising "the average white guy host."