It may soon be “Final Jeopardy” for the show’s longtime host, Alex Trebek.
During an interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin, Trebek was asked about the likelihood of his departure from the game show after his contract expires in 2020. He described the odds of him leaving as “50/50.. and a little less.”
Levin was interviewing the game show host for his Fox News series, “OBJECTified.” Trebek, a Canadian, has hosted “Jeopardy” since it was revived for syndication in 1984, sporting his trademark mustache during most of that time.
Trebek said he has a few, very specific candidates in mind for his replacement who would actually be great “Jeopardy” questions. Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates.
“Jeopardy” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Sony Pictures TV did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Coates herself saw what Trebek said about her and had a bit of fan moment, writing on Twitter: “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.”
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