George Stephanopoulos Eyes Alex Trebek’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Gig

Reps for George Stephanopoulos are lobbying for the anchor to become the next host of Jeopardy!, following Alex Trebek’s death on Sunday, a source told The Wrap.

“Stephanopoulos’s agent did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, but a knowledgeable individual close to the ‘Good Morning America’ co-host denied that he was ‘actively’ pursuing the role. However, the highly placed person told TheWrap that Stephanopoulos has his eye on the lucrative position and that his team was lobbying hard at ABC, where he serves as ABC News’ chief anchor and political correspondent.”

ABC holds Jeopardy!’s syndication rights but will have to decide on a replacement with producer Sony Television and distributor CBS Television.

In May, Stephanopoulos told Howard Stern he had interest in the role but likes what he is doing now. Stephanopoulos would probably not have to give up his current roles with ABC to host Jeopardy!, which is a relief to a few people. A very few.

Stephanopoulos disguises himself as a neutral anchor despite his time working with the Clinton administration and a long history of throwing softball questions to high-ranking Democrats. Most recently, Stephanopoulos hosted a town hall with President-elect Joe Biden and promoted him like a member of the campaign.

Sound good, Jeopardy?

Whether it is Stephanopoulos or another host, no one can replace Trebek.

Alex Trebek’s final episode of Jeopardy! airs Christmas Day.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. Its the same conundrum that The Price is Right faced. I like Drew Carey, but its not the same show (nor could it ever be) without Bob Barker. Jeopardy is the same. Only Trebek could get away with crapping on people’s wrong answers, dropping his haughty French accent on certain words, and absolutely killing it when he deadpanned hip hop lyrics. Nobody is going to be able to pick up where he left off.

  2. Here’s an idea: Let’s pay respect to Alex Trebek, allow his family a memorial service and a few quiet weeks, and then discuss replacing the only host the show has ever known. I’m pretty sure at 80 years old, fighting stage 4 cancer, and continuing to work is more than anyone considering the job could pull off.

    With all that said, my preference is Dan Patrick. Great delivery, smooth, rich voice, and the perfect personality.

    RIP Alex Trebek. You will be missed.

  3. “Stephanopoulos would probably not have to give up his current roles with ABC to host Jeopardy!, which is a relief to a few people. A very few.” Haha! I agree with you on that Bobby! And I also agree that if Stephanopoulos does get the Jeopardy job, there is no way he can replace Trebek

  4. Stephanopoulos would turn Jeopardy! into a political speaking platform and make the show an utter disaster. Nobody will be able to replace Alex, just like Drew Carey couldn’t fill Bob Barker’s shoes on The Price is Right. That doesn’t mean the show won’t go on, just that it won’t be the Jeopardy! everyone has known and loved all these years. R.I.P. Mr. Trebek, you were a pleasure to watch over the years.

  5. I think it’ll be less of a step down for whoever replaces Trebek than Carey is. Price is Right was iconic for bob barker but the show is for old people being advertised to for an hour. Carey doesn’t have personality. Find someone with personality and jeopardy That can read and engage contestants and the audience. they will have a good host. Probably not as good as alex but solid

  6. I would never watch the show with with George or Ken Jennings as host, which is who I think they’re going to select. Alex was welcoming to everyone. Never was a partisan hack or tweeting about we and you like Jennings did. With Alex it was always us.

  7. RIP Alex. He was always a class act and a great ambassador to us Canadians. Alex can’t be replaced. But lets be honest here- My blood bank guarantee is the producers go “woke” and hire a female( minority). Not that she won’t be deserving of the opportunity but will be hired for wrong reason.

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