After 34 years as the host of Jeopardy, it appears that Alex Trebek is ready for retirement. But before he says goodbye to his post on one of the longest running game shows on TV, Trebek has a few answers for fans. Specifically, who he thinks should replace him.
During a recent interview with TMZ boss Harvey Levin on the show OBJECTified, Trebek said that the chances of him renewing his contract in 2020 were less than 50 per cent, with the 78-year-old host eyeing retirement. The beloved TV host didn’t stop there, revealing that he also has a few ideas regarding who should replace him, and they’re definitely not names we expected.
First on Trebek’s short list is 28-year-old Alex Faust, who is currently working as the announcer for the L.A. Kings. Faust took over as announcer after the retirement of Bob Miller, who spent 44 seasons with the NHL.
I guess there are worse ways to randomly see your name show up on TMZ! 🤷🏻♂️
I’m flattered by Mr. Trebek’s kind words, and delighted to hear he’s a big @LAKings fan! 👑
— Alex Faust (@alex_faust) July 30, 2018
Next on Trebek’s list is Laura Coates, a CNN legal analyst. A former civil rights lawyers, Coates is already a best-selling author and has hosted her own radio show on SiriusXM.
Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I’d be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids (who saw him say this & now think I’m a genius) #Dying https://t.co/qdMxWc9g5e via @TMZ
— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) July 30, 2018
Jeopardy tapes four to six days per month, which means both Faust and Coates could keep their day jobs while taking on the role of the Daily Double announcer. The light schedule also leaves the position open for other currently employed announcers, with Anderson Cooper rumoured to be in the running.
Starting on Jeopardy in 1984, the Canadian TV show host has won five Outstanding Game Show Host Emmy Awards for his work on the famous trivia series and has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2014, Trebek passed The Price Is Right’s Bob Barker to earn the Guinness World Record for hosting the most episodes of the same game show, with 6,829 episodes of Jeopardy. Looks like whoever fills Trebek’s suits better be in it for the long haul.