Details on Jeopardy!’s Search for Alex Trebek’s Successor

Sony Pictures Television, the producer of Jeopardy!, has embarked on a formal search for Alex Trebek’s replacement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While hosting Jeopardy! is a dream job for most television hosts, succeeding a legend comes with tremendous difficulty. Trebek is irreplaceable. The best his successor can do is fill the void and hope to maintain most of the viewers.

“The next host will be maintaining the legacy of a national institution,” Ted Harbert, a longtime TV executive at ABC and NBC, tells the Los Angeles Times.

The report lists Katie Couric, who signed to be a substitute host for a week, as a permanent replacement candidate. MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, actress Mayim Bialik, and executive producer Mike Richards are also named.

Ken Jennings makes sense, given his history with the show, but does not fit into the parameters of the search, the report adds.

“Sony is said to be looking for ‘A-list’ names — well-known TV or movie stars — who would be consistent with the Jeopardy! brand, which is basically a television quiz show for intelligent people.”

Then there is political hack George Stephanopoulos. In November, Stephanopoulos’ reps were lobbying for the anchor to fill the role.

In May, Stephanopoulos told Howard Stern he was interested in the role but is happy with what he’s doing. Stephanopoulos could likely continue his roles at ABC — Jeopardy!’s syndication holder —  if he were to take over the show. Meaning, yes, more softball questions for Democrats during ABC’s town halls.

This is the TV business, so a surprise, unreported replacement could ultimately win the job.

Who should be the next host of Jeopardy!? Comment below:

Written by Bobby Burack

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

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  1. You nailed it. Political hack. My wife watches GMA every morning. I keep reminding her when George is saying something, to remember honey he’s a political hack back in the horndog Clinton days when he was in charge of(with Hillary of course) Bimbo Eruptions.

    He slandered and intimidated the women Bill took advantage of. What a S#*T.

  2. You nailed it. Political hack. My wife watches GMA every morning. I keep reminding her when George is saying something, to remember honey he’s a political hack back in the horndog Clinton days when he was in charge of(with Hillary of course) Bimbo Eruptions.

    He slandered and intimidated the women Bill took advantage of. What a S#*T.

    I’m sorry, I didn’t put it in the form of a question.

    Who is George Stephanopoulos?

  3. Dear, Dear God: Katie Couric? Hillary’s gal pal Georgie S.? Surely you jest. Jennings is the one. A media liberal will lose half the show’s audience immediately. Wait, I know who’s available. Keith Olbermann! Dan LeBatard? Please, PLEASE keep politics out of this one. We’re begging you! What this writer does not understand is that Jennings IS a superstar to Jeopardy fans. He mumbled some inappropriate things on social media, but who hasn’t? This seems like such a no-brainer, it is easy to see the mass media producers screwing this one up. They can EASILY kill Jeopardy, given the times we are in, and they are idiots. I am not hopeful.

  4. All of the people mentioned in this article would be awful choices. There seems to be a groundswell of support online for Levar Burton of Reading Rainbow fame. I think that would be a good non-controversial choice that everyone would be happy with.

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