Likely new ‘Jeopardy!’ host Mike Richards involved in 2010 pregnancy discrimination suit

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.

Jeopardy fans were quick to criticize the replacement as word got out on Thursday, leading to a reexamination of the lawsuit against him, in which former model Brandi Cochran won more than $8.5 million in punitive damages from “The Price is Right” after it was determined the show discriminated against her because of her pregnancy.

Cochran said she was rejected by the game show’s producers when she tried to return from maternity leave in 2010, and filed a lawsuit against CBS and Fremantle Media.

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