“All good things must end.” Even Alex Trebek’s hosting duties on ‘Jeopardy’ are not exempt from the changing chapters that life must bring. However, ‘Jeopardy’ fans still get to enjoy the long running host until 2016. Nonetheless, his replacement for when that time comes is already reportedly being considered. According to an NY Post article dated Thursday, March 14, Matt Lauer is at the top of the list of considerations to become the next host of the intelligent game show.
Ironically, it just happened to be reported earlier this week that Matt Lauer's current job is in jeopardy, so the brainy game show may be his blessing in disguise. He is not expected to re-sign with “Today” when his blockbuster, $25 million-a-year deal expires in 2015. The fact that Trebek’s three-decade run ends at about that same time is causing smart ‘Jeopardy’ fans to do the math.
Sources say, “Sony Pictures Television, which owns the hugely profitable show, has quietly been feeling out TV personalities in recent months to see who might be available and willing to take on the role in 2016.”
However, the likable television personality who suffered his second heart attack last summer had already hinted in interviews last year that he was thinking about retiring this season.
Sony though, persuaded him to sign one final, three-year contract that would give producers enough time to find a worthy replacement. Trebek will be 76 when his contract is up.
The NY Post continues, “Trebek is so thoroughly identified with “Jeopardy” that finding a new face for the show is a decision that will take several years to make.”
Sources are saying that Sony also has Anderson Cooper on the brain. Cooper hosted “The Mole,” on ABC before his CNN days, so he does indeed has experience with competitive shows. Reportedly, his contract with CNN ends next year. Though Cooper is being considered, sources say that Lauer is even higher on the list. Apparently Sony originally thought they were going to have to work with Lauer’s ‘Today Show’ obligations, but since his stint is coming to an end, he will be completely available at that time.
Calls to Lauer’s agent were not returned as of Thursday, and a ‘Jeopardy’ spokesperson declined to comment.
‘Who is’ going to be the next ‘Jeopardy’ host? Do you think Matt Lauer or Anderson Cooper would be a good replacement for Trebek?