‘Jeopardy’ host Alex Trebek hinted that he was leaving the show in 2020.
Alex Trebek has hinted that he may be ready to step away from “Danger” of the game show he’s hosted since 1984. He even went so far as to suggest potential replacements.
Speaking of Harvey Levin on the last episode of “Objectified,” TMZ reports Trebek proved that there is more than a 50/50 chance that he’ll step away from his hosting duties in 2020, when his contract is.
“Sure,” he replied, when asked if he sees the life after “in Danger.”
Trebek, 78, even got candid about finding a potential replacement for him should the time come that someone else will be reading the answers to a series of difficult trivia questions. The star was ready with both a male and female suggestion as prompted by Levin for more information about his possible exit.
“I told our producer not so long ago, the fellow that does the play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings – they should consider him,” Trebek said referring to Alex Faust.
When asked if a woman could fill his shoes, Trebek wasted no time in making his selection.
“There is a lawyer, Laura Coates,” he said. “She is Afro-American, and she seems some of the cable news shows from time to time.”
As Page Six notes, Coates was very excited about her name in the mix for a chance to fill in for iconic host.
Incredibly honored and humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) know who I am 2) you think that I would be a great host of my favorite game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family and still watch it w/ my own children (who saw him say this and now think I’m a genius) #Die https://t.co/qdMxWc9g5e via @TMZ
— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) July 30, 2018
“Incredibly honored and humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) know who I am 2) you think that I would be a great host of my favorite game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family and still watch it w/ my own children (who saw him say this and now think I’m a genius) #Die,” Coates wrote on Twitter.
Now it is not confirmed that Trebek plans to leave in 2020. However, on the basis of his last interview, he seems to give serious thought to not renewing his contract. Earlier this year, the production of the show was a pause after the host revealed he underwent brain surgery. Fortunately, he was able to recover in a hurry and went back on track.