In a note to Sony staffers on Tuesday, Suzanne Prete, EVP, business and strategy, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” said:
“I’m writing to let you know that Mike will no longer be serving as EP of Wheel and Jeopardy! effective immediately. 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.
“Michael Davies from Embassy Row has agreed to help with production on an interim basis until further notice. Michael and I will work together with all of you in the weeks ahead to ensure that production remains on schedule and we do not miss a beat as we head into the new season.
“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. As Ravi mentioned last week, I will be more involved in the day-to-day on our shows moving forward and I am looking forward to working closely with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.”
Sony’s decision comes just days after Ricahrds exited as the quiz show’s newly appointed host because of past misogynistic and other insensitive comments.
In a statement issued to Fox News last week, Richards apologized for his past attempts at being “provocative” and vowed to do better in the future.
“It is humbling to confront a terribly embarrassing moment of misjudgment, thoughtlessness and insensitivity from nearly a decade ago,” Richards said in that statement. “Looking back now, there is no excuse, of course, for the comments I made on this podcast and I am deeply sorry.”
Richards went on to explain the context of his comments within his podcast before acknowledging his “obligations as a role model” to do better.
This isn’t the only controversy for Richards. He previously came under fire for an incident that occurred more than a decade ago while Richards was at “The Price Is Right.” He was the subject of a 2010 complaint by Brandi Cochran, a former model on the show, who claimed she was fired after becoming pregnant with twins while he served as co-executive producer. Cochran obtained more than $ 8.5 million in punitive damages.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.