The New York Post reported on March 15 that Matt Lauer is at the top of the list of personalities being considered to replace 73-year-old Alex Trebek as host of "Jeopardy." Lauer’s contract with NBC to host “The Today Show” ends in 2015, which is timed almost perfectly with Trebek’s scheduled retirement from the game show.
The post claims Trebek had wanted to retire from "Jeopardy," in 2012, but producers of the show convinced the Canadian-born host to stick around for one last three year contract. Alex has hosted the popular game show for three decades.
Jeopardy is currently the fourth most-watched syndicated program on television, and it has a weekly viewership of over ten million households.
Matt Lauer has hosted “The Today Show” since 1997. Lauer has come under fire in recent times over the dismissal of co-host Ann Curry. The morning show was once considered a ratings juggernaut, but since 2012 it has been losing market share to a revamped “Good Morning America.” ABC’s morning program recently won the February sweeps for the first time in 20 years.