After the tragic passing of host Alex Trebek, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos’ team is keen on the anchor and reporter taking over as host of “Jeopardy!.”
Fans of “Jeopardy!” the world over are still mourning the loss of the show’s one and only host, Alex Trebek. Trebek announced earlier this year that he was battling pancreatic cancer. On November 8th, he tragically lost his battle with the disease at age 80.
“I’m not afraid of dying,” Trebek told CTV News in an interview prior to his passing. “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid of that? One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is ‘He was taken from us too soon.’”
Trebek hosted the show for its entire run, since the syndication of its current form began in 1984.
Who Will Be the Next Host of Jeopardy?
Now, as fans and celebrities alike celebrate his life, others are wondering who will take over as Trebek’s successor.
One name is already throwing itself into the ring. According to The Wrap and a “highly placed” source, George Stephanopoulos’ reps are eyeing the role with him in mind.
The Wrap goes on to say that 59-year-old Stephanopoulos, co-anchors “Good Morning America”, is “actively” chasing after the show.
The show itself, however, has yet to name or even consider a replacement. Such a replacement will have to be a joint venture between syndicator ABC, distributor CBS Television, and producing studio Sony Television.
Stephanopoulos Not Lobbying For Role?
Despite The Wrap’s report, however, ABC is denying to The NY Post that Stephanopoulos is pursuing the role in any form.
“Of course he’s not lobbying … how disrespectful would that be to Alex’s family,” the source tells The Post.
In May, however, Stephanopoulos spoke to Howard Stern of Jeopardy’s future on television. “I think it would be a lot of fun,” he revealed to Stern. “But I like what I’m doing, too,” Stephanopoulos finishes, perhaps in an attempt to not seem overly-eager amidst Trebek’s cancer struggle.
In addition, Stephanopoulos noted to Stern that whoever takes over for Trebek would have undoubtedly “big shoes to fill.”
And a truer statement has never been made of a beloved American icon. Celebrities and fellow gameshow legends, from Wheel of Fortune‘s Vanna White & Pat Sajak – to Billy Ray Cyrus and Ellen Degeneres, continue to celebrate and lament the passing of Alex Trebek.
In the meantime, ABC has announced the air dates for Trebek’s last episodes and doubled down on their confirmation of no replacement being named as of yet.
[H/T NY Post]