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Mike Richards biography: 13 things about ‘Jeopardy!’ executive producer

Michael “Mike” G. Richards was born in Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, United States. He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, Los Angeles County where he wrote, produced and hosted a weekly late-night comedy talk show titled “The Randumb Show.”

After graduating college, Richards pursued a career a stand-up comedian. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. From 2006 to 2008, he hosted “Beauty and the Geek” for The CW and “Dailies” for the Reelz channel. He was also a producer in “Beauty and the Geek” from 2007 to 2008. (a)
  2. In 2008, he hosted  the WB’s “High School Reunion” and co-executive produced “The Price Is Right.” (a)
  3. He played an interviewer in an episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful” that aired on June 17, 2009. (a)
  4. From 2008 to 2018, he executive produced “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal.” (a)
  5. In or about December 2009, he started to treat “The Price Is Right” model Lanisha Cole differently than the show’s other models and entered into a close, personal and intimate relationship with another model, according to Cole. In 2011, Cole sued the show’s producer FremantleMedia and two of the show’s producers including him for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. He was later dismissed as a defendant and the suit was settled in 2013. (b)
  6. In 2010, “The Price Is Right Model” model Brandi Cochran sued CBS and FremantleMedia, accusing him and other producers of discriminating against her due to her pregnancy. In 2012, she won the suit and was awarded more than $7 million in damages but in 2013, the decision was overturned. The case was eventually settled. (b)
  7. In 2012, he hosted and executive produced “The Pyramid.(a)
  8. From 2013 to 2014, he hosted “The Randumb Show.” He allegedly made off-color remarks about Haitians and Jews and insensitive and sexist comments towards his female co-hosts and guests on the show. (c)
  9. He returned to “The Bold and the Beautiful” playing a character named Thad in an episode that aired on November 21, 2013. (a)
  10. From 2016 to 2017, he hosted “Divided” on the Game Show Network. (a)
  11. In 2020, he started executive producing “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!(a) (d)
  12. He was 45 years old when he started executive producing “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” in 2021. (a)
  13. On February 22, 2021, he hosted “Jeopardy!” for the first time after Ken Jenning‘s six-week stink as a guest host filling in for the late Alex Trebek, who started hosting the show in 1984 and died in 2020. There were several guest hosts lined up but many had to be postponed due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He explained, “I’m hosting today and for the next two weeks to keep the greatest quiz show in the world going. We have some amazing guest hosts coming that I can’t wait for you to see but with the COVID outbreak here in L.A., folks were understandably a little reticent to shoot so as the producer, my job is to quite literally live the mantra, the show must go on so let’s do what Alex did 8,244 times. Let’s play ‘Jeopardy!’ and prove that nothing can stop this show.” On August 3, 2021, it was reported that he was in advanced negotiations with Sony Pictures Television to become permanent host of “Jeopardy!” A week later, he stepped down as the host and said he would still executive produce the show and agreed to undergo sensitivity training. On August 31, 2021, he departed as executive producer of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.” (c) (e) (f) (g)

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