‘Jeopardy!’ Champ James Holzhauer Celebrates Mike Richards’ Firing: ‘Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead!’

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Mike Richards is out at “Jeopardy!” (for real this time) and James Holzhauer is so happy he could sing, apparently. 

Amid the news that Richards would no longer be serving as the show’s executive producer, the prolific “Jeopardy!” contestant posted two tweets on Tuesday that could each serve as valid answers for, “What is shade?” 

First he tweeted, “Do I think Mike Richards’s podcast comments were appropriate for polite society? No. But did he deserve the benefit of the doubt for the job he did running Jeopardy? Also no.” 

Do I think Mike Richards’s podcast comments were appropriate for polite society? No. But did he deserve the benefit of the doubt for the job he did running Jeopardy? Also no

— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 31, 2021

He followed that tweet up with a GIF of the munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz” singing, “Ding! Dong! The witch is dead!” after a tornado had swept Dorothy’s home all the way to Oz and dropped it on top of the Wicked Witch of the East. 

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— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 31, 2021

There was no tornado necessary in Richards’ undoing, but there was quite a firestorm. 

Sony Pictures Television announced that Richards would no longer executive produce “Jeopardy!” nor “Wheel of Fortune” in a statement Tuesday – less than two weeks after he lost the coveted hosting gig over resurfaced podcast clips in which he repeatedly made disparaging remarks against women. 

Related video: Mike Richards ousted as executive producer of 'Jeopardy!'

“I’m writing to let you know that Mike will no longer be serving as EP of Wheel and Jeopardy! effective immediately. 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,” said Suzanne Prete, EVP, Business and Strategy, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”

Prete continued: “Michael Davies from Embassy Row has agreed to help with production on an interim basis until further notice. Michael and I will work together with all of you in the weeks ahead to ensure that production remains on schedule and we do not miss a beat as we head into the new season.

“I know this has been a challenging time for the entire team, and I want to thank you all for your cooperation and professionalism over these last few weeks. As Ravi mentioned last week, I will be more involved in the day-to-day on our shows moving forward and I am looking forward to working closely with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.”

The announcement comes amid some backlash over the fact that Richards would still be heavily involved behind-the-scenes despite his highly publicized withdrawal from center stage.

In 2019, Holzhauer won 32 consecutive games and garnered more than $2.4 million in winnings, making him one of the most successful contestants in the quiz show’s nearly 40-year history. 

“Jeopardy James” has not exactly been discreet in his disdain for Richards, who was first publicly considered for the role of permanent host about a month ago.  

Here he is shading Richards at virtually every phase of his brief “Jeopardy!” hosting journey.

pic.twitter.com/ySS10RZZit https://t.co/imkQSCIfQO

— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 5, 2021

Also new for next season: contestants can submit two Final Jeopardy responses in case the first one causes public backlash https://t.co/97k5INXKR6

— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 11, 2021

I was really looking forward to the season premiere where after an exhaustive 61-clue search for the next Jeopardy champion, the show looks past the three obvious candidates and declares Mike Richards the winner

— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 20, 2021

Everyone was awaiting this week’s announcement of Jeopardy’s new executive producer, only to be gobsmacked that they chose Mike Richards https://t.co/h3XMb5HgzK

— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 26, 2021

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