Alex Trebek Tribute Video & Who May Replace Him
The loss of Alex Trebek became Super real on Friday when his final episode of "Jeopardy!" aired.
The producers put together a great tribute video, set to the song "Once Before I Go" by Peter Allen.
It includes clips from throughout his "Jeopardy!" tenure including a hilarious segment showing him in various costumes, including a clown, the Statue of Liberty, and Gene Simmons from KISS. It comes across in this video that he had a great sense of humor and that he loved what he did.
It concludes with clips of him signing off at the end of the show. After the last one, he walks off the set.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Trebek, whose career began in broadcasting at CBC Radio while he was still a senior at college, hosted Jeopardy! for nearly four decades and appeared as himself on numerous TV shows including Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Orange is the New Black and How I Met Your Mother.
Here are some of the names that are coming out as far as who might take over on Jeopardy.
At 98, Betty White can’t become a longtime host for Jeopardy!, but she could buy producers some time while they figure out a more permanent solution.
Record-setting Jeopardy! winner and former Parade puzzler Ken Jennings could seamlessly continue the legacy of the iconic host. Jennings, who joined the show this season as a consulting producer, is already helping to present special clues and categories.
Mayim Bialik, one of my favorites.
Actress, neuroscientist and author Mayim Bialik would be a excellent choice if producers are thinking about adding a woman as host. She’s whip-smart and funny in a nerdy way that seems well-suited to the show. Plus, she has the charisma and level-headed demeanor to preside over the show without making the show about her.
As a longtime LA Kings fan, Trebek was very familiar with Alex Faust, the television play-by-play voice of the hockey team.
Trebek also suggested CNN legal analyst Laura Coates as a possible replacement. An adjunct law professor at the George Washington University School of Law, Coates would bring a wide knowledge base.
Anderson Cooper, another front runner for me.
Smart and well-traveled journalist Anderson Cooper has long been rumored to be a front-runner to take over Trebek’s podium. He has competed on Celebrity Jeopardy! four times, in 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2016, and says he’s been a fan of the show since his high school years.
Another possible prospect to replace Trebek is ABC News political correspondent George Stephanopoulos. Sources says he may be ready to give up his gig with Good Morning America and pivot toward a more relaxed schedule.