Will Matt Lauer be the new "Jeopardy" host in 2016? It's entirely possible with reports circulating that the current anchor of NBC's "Today" could replace Alex Trebek when he steps down as the game show's host.
In a March 15 report by Huffington Post, Lauer is just one of the candidates named to take over the hosting duties that Trebek has had since the "Jeopardy" began airing in 1984. CNN host, Anderson Cooper, is also being considered for the position as well.
Sources have told the Post that Lauer isn't expected to re-sign his $25 million contract when it expires in 2015. Ratings on "Today" have struggled since Ann Curry was abruptly replaced by Savannah Guthrie to anchor with Lauer. He's been the source of blame ever since she left the NBC morning program in 2012. The "Today" anchor has taken a lot of backlash in the media and has become increasingly unpopular among viewers.
Would Matt Lauer hurt "Jeopardy" ratings if he were hired on as the new host in 2016? A decision like that might be more of a risk since television producers know what they have on their hands in regards to public opinion of Lauer. Anderson Cooper, on the other hand, has a much stronger appeal in terms of TV ratings. By the time Alex Trebek retires, it's likely others will be named as possible hosts.