On Sunday, news of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passing away spread quickly online, and fans immediately started to wonder what’s next for the long-running game show.
The official Twitter account of Jeopardy! confirmed the longtime game show host’s death. Trebek passed away following a long battle with pancreatic cancer that lasted more than a year.
“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the account wrote. “Thank you, Alex.”
Trebek became the host of Jeopardy in 1984. For 36 years the host charmed viewers with his smart and witty commentary. It was only natural that fans would want to know further details about the future of the game show.
Representatives of Jeopardy! did share details of Trebek’s final episode with FOX News. They stated that Trebek’s last day in the studio completed filming on Oct. 29 – only two weeks ago. Additionally, the final episode hosted by Trebek will air on Christmas Day 2020. However, representatives also said that a new host will not be announced right away. In fact, the selection of a new host may take at least a few weeks.
Trebek Suggests New Hosts, Touches on His Legacy
In February of 2019, Trebek was asked about who he thought should be named as his replacement. The host used some of his trademark humor before giving a few specific possibilities.
“It’s probably going to be a woman, somebody younger, somebody bright, somebody personable, somebody with a great sense of humor. So I nominated Betty White,” Trebek said jokingly.
Yet, the host then made some real suggestions of who he could see taking over the show. The names he mentioned to take over his role as Jeopardy! host included CN’s Laura Coates, L.A. Kings announcer Alex Faust, and TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz.
In January, FOX News asked the host about his legacy and how he wants to be remembered when he is gone.
“He was a nice guy and that he was the best kind of quiz show host in that he always seemed to be rooting for the contestants,” Trebek explained. “He wanted them to perform at their best because if they did, that would make the show a success and he would be able to enjoy the success of the program in that regard.”
[H/T FOX News]