Who is a beloved host of a long-running game show considering retirement? The answer is Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy! since 1984. The Canadian-born host's latest contract expires in 2020, when he will be 80. He told TMZ's Harvey Levin on Fox's OBJECTified on Monday that the chances of him sticking around after 2020 are "50/50, and a little less," the New York Times reports. Trebek also named two possible replacements, both of whom were surprised but thrilled to hear that the famously unflappable host considered them to be worthy successors, Fox News reports.
"i mentioned to our producer not so long ago that the fellow that does play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings—they should consider him," Trebek said, referring to Alex Faust, who tweeted that he was "flattered by Mr. Trebek's kind words," and thrilled to learn the host is a Kings fan. Trebek also said: "There is an attorney, Laura Coates. She's African-American and she appears on some of the cable news shows from time to time." Coates tweeted that she was "incredibly honored and humbled" that Trebek not only knows who she is, but thinks she'd be a "great host of my fave game show ever." Andy Saunders, who runs a Jeopardy! fan site, tells the Times that while it will be hard for anyone to replace Trebek, his choice would be Anderson Cooper. (Trebek took time off early this year to recuperate from brain surgery.)