New Jeopardy! host Mike Richards crude comments about women, Jews and Haiti


Jeopardy! host Mike Richards has groveled over a 2014 podcast where he called women sluts and mocked Jews as well as Haiti – four years after he faced four years sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits.

The podcast, titled, ‘The Randumb Show,’ Richards was recorded referring to his former assistant, Beth Triffon, as a ‘booth slut,’ while criticizing women’s weight and praising ‘the average white-guy host.’  

Richards, who was an executive producer for The Price is Right at the time, hosted the podcast from 2013-2014. 

 New information has resurfaced on newly-appointed Jeopardy! host Mike Richards, (pictured) who was recorded making crude comments about women, Jews, and Haiti on a podcast he hosted in 2014

Titled, 'The Randumb Show,' Richards (above) was recorded referring to his former assistant, Beth Triffon, (below) as a 'booth slut,' while criticizing women's weight and praising 'the average white-guy host.'

Titled, ‘The Randumb Show,’ Richards (above) was recorded referring to his former assistant, Beth Triffon, (below) as a ‘booth slut,’ while criticizing women’s weight and praising ‘the average white-guy host.’

During the segment, Triffon was discussing working as a model at the annual CES tech show event in Las Vegas, when Richards dubbed her a ‘booth ho,’ ‘booth slut’ and ‘boothstitute.’  

In another episode, the host commented that one-piece swimsuits made women look ‘really frumpy and overweight,’ while in January 2014, he responded to a remark about big noses saying, ‘Ixnay on the ose-nay. She’s not an ew-Jay.’  

In a segment when Triffon was outlining issues with her apartment, Richards responded, ‘Does Beth live, like, in Haiti? Doesn’t it sound like that? Like, the urine smell, the woman in the muumuu, the stray cats.’

In a statement to The Ringer, Richards apologized for the inappropriate comments saying, ‘It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago.’ 

‘Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry,’ Richards added.   

Fans have shared their outage that Richards is being considered as the new host – despite his murky past of harassment and discrimination allegations. 

During the segment, Triffon (pictured) was discussing working as a model at the CES when Richards dubbed her a 'booth ho,' 'booth slut' and 'boothstitute.'

During the segment, Triffon (pictured) was discussing working as a model at the CES when Richards dubbed her a ‘booth ho,’ ‘booth slut’ and ‘boothstitute.’

In another episode, the host commented that one-piece swimsuits made women look 'really frumpy and overweight,' while in January 2014, he responded to a remark about big noses saying, 'Ixnay on the ose-nay. She's not an ew-Jay.'

In another episode, the host commented that one-piece swimsuits made women look ‘really frumpy and overweight,’ while in January 2014, he responded to a remark about big noses saying, ‘Ixnay on the ose-nay. She’s not an ew-Jay.’

Richards, has served as the show’s executive producer since 2020, and was among the show’s rotating cast of guest hosts after longtime ‘Jeopardy!’ king Alex Trebek died in November after a long-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Trebek was 80 years old.

Others who had guest hosting stints the past year in auditioning for the role included LeVar Burton, Buzzy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Ken Jennings, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Savannah Guthrie, Robin Roberts, Aaron Rodgers, George Stephanopoulos and Bill Whitaker

According to Variety, which broke the news that Richards’ is the front-runner for the hosting gig, Sony Pictures Television executives were impressed by his ‘command of the fast-paced game and easy on-air manner’ when he guest hosted in late February. 

But fans, who have been backing Star Trek star LeVar Burton as the next host, were furious with the choice – with many bringing up Richards involvement in two harassment lawsuits, brought by two former models at The Price is Right while he was a producer there.

Brandi Cochran sued his company, FremantleMedia North America and The Price is Right Productions in 2010 over claims producers sidelined and harassed her after she became pregnant.  

Mike Richards accepts the award for Outstanding Game Show for Jeopardy! during the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on June 25, 2021

Mike Richards accepts the award for Outstanding Game Show for Jeopardy! during the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on June 25, 2021

Others who had guest hosting stints on Jeopardy! the past year in auditioning for the role included LeVar Burton (pictured), Buzzy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Ken Jennings

Others who had guest hosting stints on Jeopardy! the past year in auditioning for the role included LeVar Burton (pictured), Buzzy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Ken Jennings

Richards was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but Cochran alleged in it that he stopped talking to her as much after she became pregnant and implied that she would have been fired had the pregnancy not been a secret.

She claimed she was pressured to announce her pregnancy on air, and when she said she was carrying twins, she was given less work and was subjected to jokes about her weight gain from her co-workers.

Cochran revealed in the lawsuit that one of her twins died in a miscarriage, while the other was born three months premature.

She claimed she was still stressed about work after giving birth and felt pressured to lose the weight so she could return to her job, only to discover that she had been deleted from the show’s website.   

Cochran was initially awarded more than $8 million in compensatory and punitive damages, which was later overturned, as she settled with the company.

Lanishia Cole, meanwhile, sued Richards and fellow producer Adam Sandler – not the actor – as well as FremantleMedia North America in 2011, for wrongful termination and sexual harassment.

She alleged that the producers berated her in front of her peers, and claimed Richards began ignoring her and favoring another model he was in a relationship with in 2009.

Cole claimed Richards hindered her modeling career by creating policies ‘which never before existed,’ according to the Los Angeles Times.

‘This case is about senior-level men in the entertainment industry exploiting power and control over women by bullying and harassing female talent,’ Cole told the Times.

The lawsuit was settled in 2013, and Richards, who denied any wrongdoing, was dismissed as a defendant before the settlement was reached. 

Richards was named by Sony as host of the show earlier this month, with Mayim Bialik selected to host specials and spin-offs, following the death of beloved host Alex Trebek last November at the age of 80.

Trebek, who hosted the show for more than 8,000 episodes since 1984, died from pancreatic cancer November 8, less than two weeks he pre-taped his last series of episodes in late October. 



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