The speculation begins about who could replace Alex Trebek — if he even retires
Prepare yourself, in the next few months, to hear a lot of speculation about who could replace Alex Trebek if he retires after three decades as the host of "Jeopardy."
And prepare for a lot of headlines in the form of a question.
The guessing season began late Thursday with a New York Post story saying "Today" host Matt Lauer and CNN anchor and talk show host Anderson Cooper are among the top choices to replace Trebek. Representatives for Sony Pictures Television, which owns the show, declined to comment.
But a person close to Cooper said that while he is a fan of the show, he has not been approached about hosting. A representative for Lauer did not respond to a request from TheWrap for comment.
No decision is expected soon. Trebek, 72, said last year that he had given some thought to retiring. But he was persuaded to stay in his job through at least 2016.
Though Trebek has suffered two heart attacks — one in June — he hasn't lost a step on "Jeopardy," which remains the top-rated syndicated game show behind "Wheel of Fortune."