Alex Trebek Suggests Laura Coates Take His Place as Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek, the 78-year-old host of Jeopardy! since 1984, stoked speculation on Monday that he could retire when his contract expires in 2020, telling TMZ that his chances of staying were “50-50, and a little less.” The popular host suggested Laura Coates, a legal analyst and frequent on-air personality for CNN, be in the running to replace him. Coates responded by tweeting, “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).” The Princeton graduate, who completed law school at the University of Minnesota, hosts The Laura Coates Show on SiriusXM’s UrbanView channel. She’s also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law and routinely speaks across the country on civil rights, social justice, economic empowerment, and leaps of faith. Trebek also mentioned Alex Faust, the play-by-play announcer for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, as a possible replacement. More here.