Mike Richards quits as ‘Jeopardy!’ host amid controversy — but is he really out? | New York Post

What is a quitter? Mike Richards — the recently announced new host of “Jeopardy!” — has already bailed on the gig amid ongoing controversy about his problematic history of sexist language and lawsuits.

He announced his departure in a bombshell memo dropped Friday on the beloved game show’s production staff.

“[Sony Pictures Television] will now resume the search for a permanent syndicated host,” Richards, 46, revealed in the resignation letter. “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.”

A spokesperson for Sony TV told The Post: “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.”

That’s right, he’s not actually out of “Jeopardy!” just yet. Richards will continue in his role as executive producer.

“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,” the rep told The Post. “It is our hope that as EP he will continue to do so with professionalism and respect.”

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