Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards insists he didn't give himself the hosting job: 'Not my decision'

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Mike Richards is breaking his silence on the controversy surrounding his possible hiring as the next host of Jeopardy!.

Richards, the executive producer of Jeopardy!, on Monday wrote to the show's staff following reports that he's in "advanced negotiations" to succeed Alex Trebek as host, per The Ringer's Claire McNear. That news has been controversial among fans, both because of Richards' involvement in past discrmination lawsuits at The Price is Right and because of the perception that as producer, he essentially gave himself the coveted job.

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