Likely New Jeopardy Host Mike Richards Already Embroiled In Controversy

Mike Richards is under fire for a 2010 pregnancy discrimination suit

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Mike Richards — the leading candidate to become Alex Trebek’s permanent replacement on “Jeopardy!” — is facing public scrutiny once again for his decision to fire a model who became pregnant in 2010 while he served as co-executive producer on “The Price is Right.”

Richards, 46, is reported to be in “advanced discussions” for the position, becoming the apparent network favorite following a laundry list of temporary guest co-hosts.

Some of those filling in have been: Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker, Dr. Mehmet Oz, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Aaron Rodgers and the show’s winningest champion Ken Jennings.

Fans had pinned Jennings as Trebek’s likeliest successor after the popular host died in November of pancreatic cancer.

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