Alex Trebek's current contract as host of Jeopardy! ends in 2020, and he's not so sure he'll re-sign.
Trebek is 78 years old. He has been the host of Jeopardy! since 1984, and if he retires in 2020, he will have hosted the show for 36 years.
In January of this year, the show Tweeted a video sharing the news that Mr. Trebek had suffered a fall at the end of 2017 and underwent surgery for a subdural hematoma. Check out Trebek's video.
Alex underwent surgery in late December, but he’s already up and around. We’ll let him tell you the news... https://t.co/5LOA4etPDK— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1515108903.0
With his many years of involvement and recent health concerns, it's no wonder that Trebek is considering retirement. In fact, he has already suggested two replacements for his job.
His first suggestion is the LA Kings (hockey) announcer and his namesake, Alex Faust. He also suggested the CNN legal analyst, Laura Coates.
Both Faust and Coates were shocked to learn that Trebek had suggested them to take over the iconic job.
I guess there are worse ways to randomly see your name show up on TMZ! 🤷🏻♂️ I’m flattered by Mr. Trebek’s kind wo… https://t.co/NZtSiOa0Sl— Alex Faust (@Alex Faust)1532977829.0
Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I'd be a great host of my fave game… https://t.co/HyELRK8gIB— Laura Coates (@Laura Coates)1532955369.0
Twitter thinks that Trebek's suggestions are (unsurprisingly) brilliant.
@alex_faust @LAKings From replacing Bob Miller to Alex Trebek. Not a bad run if that happens! https://t.co/fz1FEY6Ie7— Andy Sorensen (@Andy Sorensen)1532982657.0
@alex_faust @LAKings I love all of the WHO IS ALEX FAUST??????? talk spreading like wildfire! We know who he is, baby...WE KNOW!!!!! ♥️♥️♥️— Paul M. Mock (@Paul M. Mock)1532982146.0
@thelauracoates @Jeopardy @TMZ You’d be SO good!!! But I’d really really miss your very needed legal commentary & w… https://t.co/lT4UH4vpdc— Tina W (@Tina W)1532956965.0
@thelauracoates @karenhunter @Jeopardy @TMZ Great fit for Jeopardy, I would start watching again.— aileen gilbert (@aileen gilbert)1532969817.0
But mostly people are still coping with the news of him potentially leaving.
@YahooNews @YahooEnt @martianman8 https://t.co/MNzCMLxk36— Title Town TB813 (@Title Town TB813)1533045330.0
so Alex Trebek said he might retire from Jeopardy! in 2020,,,,,, im so sad rn I love him https://t.co/EShrCjvwCs— g⚡️ (@g⚡️)1533051339.0
@WTHRcom What is sadness?— Earl Simmons (@Earl Simmons)1533033922.0
@CNN Aww, but it's like the one normal thing left in our world. It's like a benchmark for normalcy and facts.— Cleisthenes & Co. 🏳️🌈🦄 (@Cleisthenes & Co. 🏳️🌈🦄)1533014494.0
@USATODAY Hard act to follow.— Dee Elizabeth (@Dee Elizabeth)1533008728.0
Watch the interview with Trebek here: