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Richards was chosen last week as the successor to Alex Trebek, a decision that was seen as divisive from the beginning after the show had embarked on a search that included actors, sports figures, journalists and celebrities. Richards said a search for a new host will begin, with guest hosts returning to continue production for the new season.
But viewers will get to see the short-lived emcee in action. The episodes that Richards taped Thursday will air when the show returns for its 38th season starting Sept. The podcast content would have dogged anyone taking over a high-profile Hollywood position but was especially difficult for Richards, said Robert Thompson, a Syracuse University professor.
More than half of the guest hosts fall into one or more of those groups. He reportedly was dropped from it before a settlement was reached.
Trebek, who hosted the show for 37 seasons, died last November. Fan website. He expressed deep reservations about Richards staying on as the show's producer.
On the podcast, Richards used derogatory, crude language about women and their bodies. He also made mocking remarks about Jews and Asians and disparaged the homeless. It was just this great trivia show.
Affection for Trebek made finding a replacement both a gesture of regard for him as well as a business decision. Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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