‘Jeopardy!’: Did Alex Trebek Drop a Big Hint As To His Successor on Last Night’s Show?

Last night, Jeopardy! began airing new games after having broadcast, over the last two weeks, older shows featuring the program’s greatest player of all time, Ken Jennings.

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During last night’s game, host Alex Trebek made a comment that viewers interpreted as a hint about the future of the game show.

Predictions about the future of ‘Jeopardy!’

No matter who you ask about what will happen to Jeopardy! after Trebek should announce his retirement from the show, no single answer will be the same. From the possibility of celebrity hosts and even the suggestion of the show great himself, Ken Jennings, as Trebek’s successor, it’s truly anyone’s guess.

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“I just saw Alex pretty recently when we were promoting the recent Jeopardy! tournament,” Jennings told Fox News in Apr. 2020, “and he was really hanging in there well. Jeopardy! has production shut down for the pandemic and he is still itching to get back to work.”

The Washington resident remarked that, as far as he is concerned, Trebek is the only man for the job. Jennings hopes, in fact, that the current host remains the current host.

“That’s a guy who loves his job,” he said, “and I think that’s what’s keeping him healthy and alive at this point. I hope he hosts Jeopardy! forever.”

Alex Trebek’s forthcoming book

Now the host of Jeopardy! for almost forty years, Trebek is publishing a memoir in July 2020, The Answer Is… : Reflections on My Life. 

According to The New York Times, the book will be brief, not even 200 pages in length, with chapter titles in the form of a question. In it, the host will broach topics including important moments in Jeopardy! history with players Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer and what Trebek really thought of Will Ferrell’s imitation of him.

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The Canadian native will also likely touch on his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and his having reached the one-year survival mark.

He issued a video statement in Mar. 2020 about his prognosis, saying “The one year survival rate for stage four pancreatic cancer patients is 18 percent. I’m very happy to report that I have just reached that marker.” 

Trebek’s cryptic remark

On last night’s episode of Jeopardy!, guest clue-reader, CNBC’s David Faber appeared via video, reading clues for a category in the game. When the category was done, the 79-year-old host commented, “Thank you David! He really is exceptional at reading clues, don’t you think?”

A viewer tweeted on Trebek’s passing remark saying, “I think Alex Trebek just told us who his replacement will be…..”

Another viewer said, “I was hoping for Conan O’Brien .. to be replaced a week later by Alex Trebek.”

Nobody wants Trebek to retire and yet everyone has suggestions for the perfect successor to him. In any event, those will be very big shoes to fill.

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