Trebek contemplates retirement and names potential successors

August 6, 2018

There’s a good chance Alex Trebek will step down as “Jeopardy!” host once his contract expires in 2020.

Odds that the longtime host returns to the answers-and-questions game show are “50-50 and a little less,” Trebek said on Fox News’ “OBJECTified.”

The Emmy-winning host has become an American institution since taking the helm of the syndicated trivia game in 1984. It’s hard to imagine the show without him), but the 78-year-old says he’s already considered replacements.

The front runner: Alex Faust, the 28-year-old play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings, Trebek said. Faust inherited the role from retiring Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller in 2017.

Another option: CNN legal analyst Laura Coates.

Coates said on Twitter that she was “incredibly honored & humbled” that the host of her favorite game show knows who she is and that he thinks she would be a good host.

— Los Angeles Times

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