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Criticism only worsened after The Ringer published a lengthy story earlier this week detailing Richards’ history of discriminatory language. Many of these incidents involved sexist, racist, and anti-Semitic remarks on his personal podcast, The Randumb Show, but he was also named in at least two discrimination lawsuits during his time as executive producer of The Price is Right that alleged mistreatment of the game show’s female employees.

In one, former The Price is Right model Brandi Cochran claimed she had been given fewer opportunities on the show after Richards found out about her pregnancy. Indeed, her contract with the program was terminated after she gave birth. Cochran also alleged Richards decided that the game show’s female models should wear short skirts and bikinis more frequently.

When these claims were brought to light by The Daily Beast earlier this month, Richards told Jeopardy! staff that the statements made about him in the lawsuit didn’t reflect reality.


Despite becoming too radioactive for the front-facing hosting job, Richards will apparently stay on at Jeopardy! as an executive producer. Sony Pictures Television has resumed its search for a permanent syndication host to join The Big Bang Theory actor and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, who was previously chosen alongside Richards to lead primetime Jeopardy! specials and spin-offs.

Just please, Sony, literally anyone but Mehmet “Doctor” Oz.