Last week Mike Richards wrote that lawsuits from The Price Is Right didn’t “reflect the reality of who I am.”— Claire McNear (@clairemcnear) August 18, 2021
I went looking for who he is, talking to current and former colleagues and listening to a podcast he hosted at Price. What I found was troubling. https://t.co/A8AEsPHCMA
TL;DR version: Surprise, the man sued for workplace discrimination was repeatedly misogynistic and racist on his podcast. Plus the article suggests that he'd been chasing any hosting job for years and manipulated the audition process as EP to get himself the Jeopardy job.
• According to a source close to the show, morale at Jeopardy has been low under Richards' leadership and staff were blindsided by the announcement that he would be taking over as permanent host.
• The source alleges Richards took advantage of a "power vacuum" at Jeopardy after the longtime EP retired and other key behind the scenes personnel moved on after Trebek passed. They suggest Richards manipulated events in his favour to get the job (such as refusing to accommodate scheduling conflicts with Ken Jennings to take over hosting that day and choosing which episodes to send to focus groups to help decide the permanent host).
• As recently reported, Richards was subject to multiple discrimination lawsuits from female employees during his time as EP on The Price of Right. One of those lawsuits was filed by a woman who claimed she was harassed and discriminated against during her pregnancy, then fired after giving birth.
• On his podcast The Randumb Show (which he hosted from 2013-2014), he frequently made sexist jokes and disparaged women's bodies. For example, he complained that women who wore one-piece bathing suits looked "really frumpy and overweight." He additionally stated that women "dress like a hooker" on Halloween.
• Furthermore, on the podcast he additionally told a cohost she should audition for Taiwanese characters because she is short and, when a guest mentioned big noses, said “Ixnay on the ose-nay. She’s not an ew-Jay.” When one of the cohosts mentioned problems in her apartment, he said “Does Beth live, like, in Haiti? Doesn’t it sound like that? Like, the urine smell, the woman in the muumuu, the stray cats.”
• Two hours after Claire McNear from The Ringer reached out for comment about the podcast while writing the above piece, the podcast's entire website was scrubbed and he then released a "learning and growing" style apology to The Ringer.
ontd, do you think he will a) step away to "focus on his family" or b) keep the job despite the backlash?