Former Jeopardy! Mike Richards, executive producer, still has one friend in Hollywood. Price is Right host Drew Carey was seen stepping out with Richards for some breakfast in L.A. this week. TMZ reports the two spent a couple of hours eating at Swingers in Hollywood on Beverly Blvd.
Neither celebrity spoke with the outlet regarding what was discussed over food, but it’s likely that the outing served as a nice reprieve from Richards’ ongoing Jeopardy! There has been controversy. Bryan Freedman, the former EP, is reported to have retained his legal counsel as he prepares for a lawsuit against Sony Pictures Television. The studio reportedly was left with no option, but to ask for Richards’ resignation after many complaints from staff as well as Jeopardy! Fans. Richards may be able to negotiate a substantial salary from Sony because of the added stress and potential future problems that Richards’ incident caused.
Richards was named the permanent host of Jeopardy! after Alex Trebek retired. This made things more difficult for Richards. Richard’s past quickly came back to haunt him, as his controversial statements about marginalized groups and his involvement in a sexual harassment suit were revealed. Richards, who made a long statement about his resignation, resigned.
“It pains me that these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we look to start a new chapter,” He wrote this in his statement. “As I mentioned last week, I was deeply honored to be asked to host the syndicated show and was thrilled by the opportunity to expand my role. However, over the last several days it has become clear that moving forward as host would be too much of a distraction for our fans and not the right move for the show. As such, I will be stepping down as host effective immediately. As a result, we will be canceling production today.”
Sony wanted to retain him in his EP position on Jeopardy. At the time, he was also Wheel of Fortune. It didn’t end in Richards favor. Richards and Carey have known each other for a long time. Richards used to be an executive producer on The Price is Right, working with Carey for a while.