Several discrimination lawsuits filed by “Price Is Right” models against Richards 10 years ago also came back to haunt the producer.
Richards apologized in a statement, saying: “It’s more than clear that my attempts to be funny and provocative were not acceptable.”
Then less than two weeks ago, as the controversy continued to flare, Richards stepped down as host while the front office at Sony continued to support his role as executive producer of the show.
That all changed Tuesday, however, when Richards’ bosses ultimately decided it was time for him to go.
Bialik, meanwhile, will tape three weeks of episodes as guest host while the search for a permanent “Jeopardy!” host gets underway again with a new lineup of guest hosts, according to NBC News.
Michael Davies of the production company Embassy Row has “agreed to help with production on an interim basis until further notice,” Prete said in the statement.
“Michael and I will work together with all of you in the weeks ahead to ensure that production remains on schedule and we do not miss a beat as we head into the new season,” she said, according to NBC.
Richards has produced numerous other game shows, including “The Weakest Link,” “Let’s Make A Deal” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” but he was still obscure to many fans before he guest-hosted the show in February.
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