By Evan Nierman, writing for PR News…
The swift downfall of “Jeopardy!” host Mike Richards is the latest example of the jeopardy that surrounds us in today’s lightning-fast unforgiving age of social media.
Whether you make a wrong move, say something offensive, or have ugly skeletons in your closet, the career-ending rush to judgement can be fast and furious. Your online profile is forever. If you do not post with purpose, you can destroy your personal brand in the blink of an eye.
Richards’ stunning fall from grace came more than a week after Sony named him the replacement for Alex Trebek, who died Nov. 8, 2020.
Unfortunately for the newly crowned gameshow host, a reporter who authored a book on the history of Jeopardy! discovered Richards’ past was packed with ugly surprises. Her discovery? Richards’ former podcast, “The Randumb Show,” was peppered with offensive comments.
Public outcry was fierce. Richards barely had time to take a deep breath. Outrage at the shocking trifecta of sexist, racist and xenophobic comments forced his resignation Aug. 20.
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