December 6, 2022

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Likely ‘Jeopardy!’ host involved in 2010 pregnancy discrimination suit

Mike Richards — the top candidate to turn out to be Alex Trebek’s everlasting substitution on “Jeopardy!” — is dealing with community scrutiny the moment again for his choice to fire a product who turned expecting in 2010 although he served as co-executive producer on “The Rate is Appropriate.”

Richards, 46, is noted to be in “advanced discussions” for the place, getting to be the apparent community favorite subsequent a laundry list of temporary guest co-hosts.

Some of all those filling in have been: Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Invoice Whitaker, Dr. Mehmet Oz, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Aaron Rodgers and the show’s winningest champion Ken Jennings.

Lovers experienced pinned Jennings as Trebek’s likeliest successor just after the well known host died in November of pancreatic cancer. 

Jeopardy lovers ended up speedy to criticize the substitution as phrase received out on Thursday, top to a reexamination of the lawsuit against him, in which previous product Brandi Cochran won additional than $8.5 million in punitive damages from “The Rate is Right” just after it was established the display discriminated against her for the reason that of her pregnancy.

Cochran mentioned she was turned down by the recreation show’s producers when she tried to return from maternity go away in 2010, and filed a lawsuit against CBS and Fremantle Media.

Fearful of staying fired, Cochran did not inform any one that she was expecting with twins. In accordance to the Hollywood Reporter, Cochran testified, Richards “put his head in his palms,” when she told him. The subsequent working day, Richards allegedly stormed up to her and mentioned, “Twins? Are you kidding? Are you major?” the outlet reviews.

Mike Richards accepts the award for Outstanding Game Show for Jeopardy!
Mike Richards is less than fire for a 2010 pregnancy discrimination suit.
Daytime Emmy Awards 2021 by way of Getty Images

At trial, Richards testified the display was relying on fewer models and although Cochran was a “good product,” she “would not just take us to good,” the Hollywood Reporter noted. 

Even so, a choose voided the verdict more than undesirable jury directions just after Fremantle Media appealed the choice. The case was later on settled exterior of court for an undisclosed sum in 2016, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Although Richards remained at “The Rate is Appropriate,” it confronted added unsuccessful pregnancy discrimination statements past all those designed by Cochran, the Hollywood Reporter mentioned.

In accordance to a survey of more than one,000 Jeopardy lovers by OnePoll, more than 23 percent of respondents mentioned the forty seven-yr-outdated Jennings was their favorite to just take more than the display. Richards arrived in 2nd put with 14 percent of the vote. “Star Trek” actor LeVar Burton received 10 percent of the vote. 

Jeopardy! shows Alex Trebek, host
Mike Richards is likely to turn out to be Alex Trebek’s everlasting substitution.
Jeopardy! by way of AP

Sony declined to remark to The Put up with regards to a everlasting “Jeopardy!” host. Even so, the studio told Selection that it is in talks with “several prospective candidates” but did not disclose any additional facts. 

Richards has yet to overtly remark on statements he will be dubbed the formal host of “Jeopardy!”

In accordance to Selection, Richards has created more than 4,000 several hours worthy of of recreation display television, which include “The Rate is Appropriate,” “Who Needs to be a Millionaire?” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”