Replacing the late and great Alex Trebek was never going to be easy. But the search for a permanent Danger! the host has become much more complicated after the appearance of the executive producer Mike richardsreported leader status last week. Since then, multiple bias lawsuits that occurred during his time producing The price is ok have resurfaced. Richards addressed both the allegations and Danger!Host search ongoing in staff memo on Monday.
“It is true that they asked me if I would consider presenting the show. I was honored and deeply honored, ”Richards wrote at the beginning of his memo, which was published in its entirety by The Hollywood Reporter. “No final decisions have been made and discussions with me and other potential hosts are still ongoing.” He added that, despite rumors on the contrary, “the choice on this is not my decision and it never has been”.
Richards went on to acknowledge his complex legal past as an executive producer of game shows. Before joining Danger! spent a decade each in Let’s make a Deal other The price is ok. During his time on the last show, the 46-year-old was implicated by former models on the show in pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits. presented between 2010 and 2011.
“I want to address the complicated labor issues that came up in the press during my time at The price is ok ten years ago, ”Richards wrote. “These were allegations made in labor disputes against the program. I want everyone to know that the way my comments and actions on these complaints have been characterized does not reflect the reality of who I am or how we work together in The price is ok.“
A 2010 complaint from Brandi cochran claimed that Cochran was discriminated on CBS and FremantleMedia North America after she revealed she was pregnant with twins and was unfairly fired after giving birth. (Cochran miscarried one of the twins and cited the stress of his career as a contributing factor.) THR, Richards said at a 2008 Christmas party: “Imagine: I fire five models, what are the chances that one of the models I keep will get pregnant?” The producer testified that Cochran was fired from the show because even though she was a “good model,” she “wouldn’t get along very well with us,” she reported. THR. Cochran received $ 8.5 million in damages, but the judge later overturned the verdict and the case. what finally solved in 2016.
Other discrimination suit archived that same year by model Shane stirling—Who claimed she was fired from the program because of her pregnancy — was fired in 2012 due to insufficient testing and the statute of limitations. Training model Lanisha Cole Alleged wrongful termination, sexual harassment and retaliation in a 2011 costume vs. Richards, producer Adam Sandler [no relation to the actor]and Fremantle, which was settled out of court in 2013. Richards was removed as defendant in that case during the course of legal proceedings, according to the Los Angeles Times. (In Monday’s memo, Richards wrote, “I would say nothing to disrespect anyone’s pregnancy and I have always supported my colleagues on their parenting journeys.”)
Variety reported last week that Richards was in advanced negotiations with Sony Pictures Television to succeed Trebek, following Trebek’s death from pancreatic cancer last November. Since Trebek’s passing, the show has welcomed several high-profile guest hosts, including Danger! star Ken Jennings, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik, other Reading rainbow‘s LeVar Burton—Who was considered a fan favorite to host permanently after more than 250,000 people signed a change.org petition supporting the move. Sources said THR that “an announcement about a permanent host is imminent.”
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