Alex Tre­bek hints he could leave Jeop­ardy! in 2020

The Province - - ENTERTAINMENT - — Mark Daniell

The an­swer to the ques­tion: “When is Alex Tre­bek quit­ting as Jeop­ardy! host?” might be sooner than you think.

In an in­ter­view with TMZ’s Har­vey Levin, the iconic, Cana­dian-born game show host said that he could be done in 2020 when his cur­rent con­tract runs out. The chances that Tre­bek, who has hosted

Jeop­ardy! since 1984, sticks with the trivia show past 2020 are “50-50 and a lit­tle less,” he told Levin on Fox News’ OB­JEC­Ti­fied.

Tre­bek, who was born in Sud­bury, Ont. and awarded the Or­der of Canada in 2017, turned 78 ear­lier this month. He suf­fered heart at­tacks in 2012 and 2007. Af­ter Levin asked him if he can imag­ine life with­out the show, Tre­bek said, “Sure.”

When the Emmy-win­ning host does even­tu­ally turn in his mic, whether it’s in 2020 or some­time af­ter­wards, he al­ready has two can­di­dates in mind who can re­place him — Los Angeles Kings play-by­play an­nouncer Alex Faust and CNN le­gal an­a­lyst Laura Coates. Coates took to Twit­ter to ex­press her de­light.

“In­cred­i­bly hon­ored & hum­bled @Jeop­ardy Alex Tre­bek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I’d be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watch­ing w/my fam­ily & still watch w/my own kids (who saw him say this & now think I’m a ge­nius) #Dy­ing.”

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