In "Jeopardy!", We Trust?
The pathway to professional integrity has been made painfully clear, but Mike Richards and the all-male senior management team at "Jeopardy!" still didn't get it.
(My original post, August 21st, 2021):
Despite the backlash about their selection, I thought the campaign to select a new Host for Jeopardy was brilliant TV promo marketing by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Who takes the fall for this fail?
I don’t consider this as an apology, or Mike Richards being accountable for disparaging remarks he made about women and Jews in the past:
“…I want to apologize to each of you for the unwanted negative attention…”.
Richards has been Executive Producer of Jeopardy for two years and the process of vetting guest hosts and a permanent host of any TV show, I know from experience, is thorough and deliberate.
So, I also don’t consider this a statement of accountability from the company that hired and promoted him:
“…We have spoken with him about our concerns and our expectations moving forward….”.
It’s not that I think Richards should never work again, or that Sony PicturesTV should be shuttered. After all that we’ve discovered about social justice, equity and promoting positive corporate culture, I believe their statements (read them in Variety) on this matter demonstrate little progress on the pathway to professional integrity from Richards and the all-male TV Senior ManagementTeam.
August 11th, 2021 - Mike Richards announced as the new permanent Host of “Jeopardy!”
August 20th, 2021 - Mike Richards steps down as Host of“Jeopardy!”
August 31st, 2021 - Mike Richards is no longer theExecutive Producer of “Jeopardy!”
Read MORE here in The Ringer.