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Alex Trebek Hints His ‘Jeopardy!’ Days May Be Numbered — but Who Could Replace Him?

Since receiving a prognosis of stage four pancreatic most cancers, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has been open with followers about his well being, which has been by means of some highs and lows. After a number of months of therapy, he introduced he had completed most cancers therapy and was feeling nice, however sadly, he skilled a setback only a few weeks later.

On Sept. 17, 2019, the host, who has been delivering clues to trivia masters for over 35 years, informed GMA that, after the primary spherical of therapy, his numbers had been within the regular vary, so he switched to immunotherapy. Sadly, issues shortly took a flip. “I misplaced about 12 kilos in every week. And my numbers went sky excessive, a lot increased than they have been once I was first identified. So, the docs have determined that I’ve to bear chemo once more and that is what I am doing.”

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Alex Trebek, winner of the Excellent Sport Present Host award, poses on the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Might 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California.

Sadly, this newest spherical has been a lot more durable on his well being, and he has signaled that his time internet hosting the long-running sport present could also be nearing an in depth. 

“I’ll maintain doing it so long as my abilities don’t diminish, they usually have began to decrease,” he confessed in a latest interview, saying the sores in his mouth from the therapies have brought about him to slur his phrases at instances.

So who will change Alex Trebek on Jeopardy! if he stops internet hosting?

The quick reply is that Alex is irreplaceable, however regardless of his lengthy tenure as host, he wouldn’t need the present to finish along with his reign. In a Vulture interview he stated his retirement should not be the top. “It ought to, and can, go on after i”m carried out.” The difficulty is, there have solely been two hosts within the historical past of the present: Artwork Fleming (1964-1975; 1978-1979) and Alex, from 1984 to current. 

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Alex Trebek and Bob Barker throughout 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

However equally iconic sport present hosts have handed the baton earlier than — like Bob Barker, who hosted The Worth Is Proper for 35 years. In actual fact, till 2014, Bob held the document for many episodes hosted by the identical presenter. Who surpassed him? You guessed it: Alex Trebek.

The host has given some thought to who he’d wish to see take his place if and when he have been to step again. Throughout a chat at 92nd Avenue Y in February, he recommended CNN authorized analyst Laura Coates, L.A. Kings announcer Alex Faust, and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

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(L-R) Laura Coates, Alex Faust, Ben Mankiewicz

Followers have another concepts about potential replacements. Former contestants like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer get thrown round fairly a bit, however each Alex and present sources have indicated that they could be trying particularly for a lady and/or an individual of shade to switch Trebek. Whoever it’s must be any person whip-smart, although. Even with the solutions in entrance of the host, it is exhausting work studying all these advanced clues with minimal errors.

Some doable candidates who match some or all the standards recommended embody Gayle King, former Energy Gamers event contestant Laura Logan, or Ann Curry. Here is hoping that irrespective of who waits within the wings for Alex’s retirement that he will get to finish his time on the present on his personal phrases and with loads of runway for the subsequent individual. 

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“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek poses with “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer backstage on the 2019 NHL Awards on the Mandalay Bay Occasions Middle on June 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alex revealed who he would need to change him on ‘Jeopardy.’

Whereas Alex has beforehand admitted that he finally has no say in who takes his place after his reign because the present’s host is over, he is bought an concept as to who he would choose if it have been as much as him.

In an interview with Good Morning America, by which Alex talks about resuming filming for Jeopardy, he jokingly revealed who he would need to change him.

“I joke with the viewers on a regular basis and I say, ‘Betty White,’ as a result of they need any person youthful, any person funnier,” he stated. “Betty and I’ve been pals for an extended, very long time.”

However earlier than you are concerned that this implies he’ll be handing over the reins quickly, he clarified that he nonetheless doesn’t plan on leaving.

“It’s the perfect type of actuality tv I really feel. And other people watch it, and in the event that they provide you with one or two appropriate responses in that half hour, they really feel fairly good about themselves,” Alex informed the outlet of internet hosting the present. “And that’s nice.”

When Alex does really plan to step down, he guarantees to say his goodbyes to the viewers first.

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