Mike Richards fired as Jeopardy executive producer

Mike Richards will no longer be executive producer of the game show Jeopardy, reports the Washington Post. Sony fired him, reports Variety. A virtual nobody, appointed the show's host after a star-studded search to replace the late Alex Trebek, Richards was suspected to have engineered his own elevation to the role—which he lost within days after a history of lawsuits and nasty podcasts became public knowledge. Sony, owners of the show, nonetheless stood by him as producer—until it didn't.

"We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at 'Jeopardy!' it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened," Suzanne Prete, the executive vice president for business and strategy for both game shows, said in an email to staff. "I know this has been a challenging time for the entire team, and I want to thank you all for your cooperation and professionalism over these last few weeks."

What an magnificent shambles. Mayim Bialik is the only person left on the set, and she's only been there a week.