Jeopardy!’: Drew Carey Speaks Out In Mike Richards’ Defense

by Leanne Stahulak

“The Price is Right” host Drew Carey expressed his support of Mike Richards becoming the “Jeopardy!” host before Richards stepped down from the position.

Carey and Richards spent almost 10 years together behind the scenes on “The Price is Right.” While Richards executive produced, Carey hosted the show, taking over the mantle from Bob Barker.

“Jeopardy!” began its search this year for a new permanent host after the tragic passing of Alex Trebek in November 2020. Richards participated as one of 16 guest hosts on the show, throwing his hat in the ring for the full-time job.

In early August, Variety broke the news that Richards was in “advanced negotiations” with Sony Pictures Television to become the permanent host. This started the rolling of the controversial snowball that would follow the game show for the next month.

Fans quickly reminded everyone of the various lawsuits Richards faced during his time on “The Price is Right.” These lawsuits essentially claimed he discriminated against pregnant models and he “harrassed” models, according to Pop Culture.

Carey had heard enough. He took to Twitter shortly after the allegations rose up, defending his long-time industry colleague and friend.

“I need to speak up for @MRichTV and his time at TPIR,” Carey tweeted on Aug. 7. “Every TPIR model since I started got pregnant and he built whole season arcs celebrating them. We even had Baby Shower shows for crying out loud. They weren’t even allowed to talk to me before Mike came on the show.”

Carey elaborated on that last point in a reply to his original Tweet.

“He took them from just bodies on the stage to actual people that audiences could get to know as part of the TPIR family. He’s great. And I hope he gets to be the next Jeopardy host too.”

Here’s Why Mike Richards Did NOT Remain ‘Jeopardy!’ Host For Long

Drew Carey (partially) got his wish. Mike Richards did become the newest “Jeopardy!” host, officially receiving the appointment on Aug. 11, about four days after Carey’s Tweet. But after that official announcement, even more troubling information came to light regarding Richards’ past.

The Ringer revealed startling sexist and racist remarks made by Richards via an old 2014 podcast. Unlike the lawsuit, which was eventually settled, these comments had no excuse and no easy explanation for the newly appointed “Jeopardy!” host.

Carey had no more Tweets about Richards after The Ringer article brought these new actions to light. By Aug. 19, Richards himself had stepped down from the host position. And as of Aug. 31, Richards had also stepped down as executive producer.

The game show continues to search for a new permanent host. A new line of guest hosts will take on the job for the upcoming season of “Jeopardy!” British producer Michael Davies will take over as the executive producer for “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” in the meantime.