Matt Lauer Could Replace Alex Trebek as ‘Jeopardy’ Host
It’s a tale as old as time that Alex Trebek has been the host of ‘Jeopardy,’ but like ‘The Price is Right’ host Bob Barker before him, there comes a time when all men must say, “I’ll take ‘Retirement’ for $400.” With rumors swirling that the 72-year-old Alex Trebek will step down from his post in 2016, the search has quietly begun for a next-generation host, with current reports claiming ‘Today’ host Matt Lauer might take the gig when his own contract expires in 2015.
Will Ferrell may need to find a new classic ‘SNL‘ bit to bring out of retirement now and again, if Alex Trebek indeed steps down from ‘Jeopardy’ in 2016, if rumors are to be believed. Even more tentatively so, the New York Post believes that ‘Today Show’ host Matt Lauer may take up the gig if he retires from ‘Today’ in 2015.
Lauer isn’t expected to re-sign his current $25 million per year contract, particularly given the show’s fall to second place in ratings over the last year, which many attribute to its host. Sony Pictures Television is also reportedly considering Anderson Cooper for the gig as ‘Jeopardy’ host, which takes up significantly less time from hosts’ schedules by shooting multiple episodes in a day.
Neither Lauer’s representation nor ‘Jeopardy’ opted to comment, but what say you? Would Matt Lauer make a good host for ‘Jeopardy’ if Alex Trebek retires in 2016?