Due to long-time “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek passing away on Nov. 8, the hunt is on to continue Trebek’s legacy. Speculations have been circling around who is next in line for this prestigious position, with loyal “Jeopardy!” watchers and sports betting companies placing their picks.
On Monday, the “Jeopardy!” Twitter account tweeted that old shows featuring Trebek will continue to air through Christmas day in the pursuit of finding a new host.
VALLEY has put together a comprehensive list of the rumored upcoming hosts, so let’s get read on to get that Daily Double!
1. Ken Jennings
You know his name and you can’t help but love him. Currently, Jennings holds the highest earnings of a game show contestant of all time with 74 wins on “Jeopardy!” in 2004. He was also the winner of the “Greatest Of All Time” “Jeopardy!” tournament, being the first to win three games against contenders James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. Due to his accomplishments and awesome persona, he is among the favorites to take over Trebek’s old position.
2. George Stephanopoulos
Although he has never been on “Jeopardy!”, Stephanopoulos is currently one of the favorites for the job. As Good Morning America host and former White House communications advisor, Stephanopoulos is most definitely qualified for the job. When asked about potentially taking over for Trebek, Stephanopoulos mentioned that it would be “a lot of fun” but that he also currently enjoys his profession now.
3. Pat Sajack
As current host of game show “Wheel of Fortune,” Sajack is a prime candidate for Trebek’s position. “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” usually go back-to-back on television in the majority of states. Although Sajack has not commented on these assumptions, it would be pretty cool to see him do not just one show—but two!
4. Laura Coates
Coates is a CNN legal analyst and is more than qualified to take over Trebek’s position. After Trebek mentioned her name for a potential replacement in 2018, Coates seemed starstruck that Trebek knew her name!
5. Mina Kimes
Although “Jeopardy!” has never had a woman as host, Mina Kimes is the perfect candidate to fill this position. As a current ESPN senior writer, Kimes’s verbal communication and leadership skills match up perfectly with Trebek’s legacy he left behind.
Who do you think should replace Trebek? Tweet @VALLEYMag with who you think is the best fit!