Controversial new “Jeopardy!” host Mike Richards made a series of sexist comments in an old podcast — forcing him to apologize this week for a “terribly embarrassing” misjudgment.
Richards, 46, admitted his “insensitivity” after The Ringer detailed derogatory comments he made in “The Randumb Show,” which he hosted from 2013 to 2014 and was taken offline this week amid the scandal.
The outlet said it reviewed all 41-episodes after news broke that Richards had been accused in lawsuits of harassment against TV models, which he recently insisted did “not reflect the reality of who I am.”
The Ringer insisted that Richards’ denial “does not align” with the crude remarks he regularly spouted on his podcast, which was recorded in “The Price Is Right” studios while he was executive there.
In them, Richards referred to cohost and former assistant Beth Triffon as a “booth ho,” “booth slut” and “boothstitute,” and asked her about her “booby pictures” on her phone, The Ringer said.
In another episode, Richards called Triffon’s friends “really frumpy and overweight,” saying “they look fat and not good in the picture,” and he also said women “dress like a hooker” on Halloween.
Richards used derogatory terms for little people and the mentally disabled, and suggested that people collecting unemployment benefits or food stamps should “feel a little dirty.”
In one episode discussing people with big noses, Richards said, “Ixnay on the ose-nay. She’s not an ew-Jay.”
He repeatedly praised the “the average white-guy host,” and asked his co-host if she lived in Haiti when she detailed problems she was having in her apartment.
“Doesn’t it sound like that? Like, the urine smell, the woman in the muumuu, the stray cats,” he said.
“Jeopardy!” producers Sony Pictures Television told The Hollywood Reporter that they were unaware of the podcast until this week and had no further comment at this time.
Richards issued a groveling apology Wednesday.
“It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness, and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago,” he said.
“Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry.
“The podcast was intended to be a series of irreverent conversations between longtime friends who had a history of joking around,” he said.
“Even with the passage of time, it’s more than clear that my attempts to be funny and provocative were not acceptable, and I have removed the episodes.
“My responsibilities today as a father, husband, and a public personality who speaks to many people through my role on television means I have substantial and serious obligations as a role model, and I intend to live up to them,” he insisted.
Richards was named last week as the replacement to the late Alex Trebek as the show’s host, while “The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik will host primetime and spinoff specials.
Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for 36 years and 8,200 episodes until his untimely death in November 2020.
Sony said it took the decision “incredibly seriously,” despite Richards not being a fan favorite.