After hosting “Jeopardy” for more than 30 years, Alex Trebek is said to be stepping down in 2016, and according to the New York Post on March 15, Matt Lauer is a contender to replace him. Lauer is being blamed for “Today” falling to the number 2 spot after a long run at the top, so if picked to host the game show, will he also put that in jeopardy?
Canadian-born Trebek is known for his quick wit and seemingly effortless recitation of “Jeopardy” answers, regardless of how many 50-dollar words they contain. Tossing in a pun wherever he can, his humor and intelligence has been a good fit for the show, providing entertainment for the whole family, and not just the brainiacs. Can Lauer do the same?
Also making the list of possible hosts is CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Cooper’s talk show cancelled after the second season, so it’s a gamble whether he has what it takes to keep long-time “Jeopardy” viewers riveted to the screen.
It’s unlikely that true “Jeopardy” fans will be completely happy with any new host who tries to fill Alex Trebek’s shoes, but candidates have time to bone up on their general knowledge before a final decision is made. Let’s hope the network finds the right person to answer the question.