Mike Richards is out as executive producer of “Jeopardy!”, days after he exited as the quiz show’s newly appointed host because of past misogynistic and other comments.

“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,” Suzanne Prete, an executive with the game shows, said in the memo.

The lag between Richards’ Aug. 20 decision to step down as host and Sony’s announcement Tuesday was filled with speculation about why the studio was keeping him on. “Jeopardy!” fans called him unsuitable for the venerated show, and there were reports of dissatisfaction by staffers.

“Richards has been perceived as damaged goods since the moment the scandal broke,” said crisis public relations expert Eden Gillott, referring to Richards’ podcast remarks. “It’s surprising that Sony kept Richards on as executive producer for as long as it did.”

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