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This Is Who Alex Trebek Wanted to Replace Him as the Next 'Jeopardy' Host

Best Life Logo By Kali Coleman of Best Life | Slide 1 of 5: In households across the nation, Jeopardy has been a constant since the '80s, and beloved host Alex Trebek had been along for the ride for nearly 37 years. Many were saddened to hear about the host passing from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, but even through his battle, he had hopes for the show and where it could go. In an interview earlier this year, Trebek joked about who he would want to replace him as the next Jeopardy host, naming an equally beloved celeb: Betty White. Read on for more thoughts from the iconic game show host, and for more celebrities fighting health battles, Al Roker Says There's Good and Bad News About Prostate Cancer Diagnosis.Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which was the cause of his death in November of this year. In July, Trebek invited ABC News' T.J. Holmes to his home for an interview with Good Morning America where he talked about Jeopardy, his battle with cancer, and the ongoing pandemic.When asked about a potential replacement, Trebek said, "I joke with the audience all the time and I say, 'Betty White,' because they want somebody younger, somebody funnier. Betty and I have been friends for a long, long time."But despite already having a backup in mind, Trebek wasn't ready to end his tenure as Jeopardy host, even with his cancer diagnosis. Just a few weeks after this interview, Trebek started filming new episodes of the game show, all the way up until Oct. 29."It sure would be nice to get back to work, I miss it," Trebek said in July. "It's been part of my life—a very important part of my life—for 36 years … I expect to be hosting the show, if I am around."According to Variety, Sony said that the show will not immediately address plans to appoint a successor to Trebek. But they did reveal that Trebek's last episode of Jeopardy will air on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) this year."We lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family," Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement. "For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of Jeopardy and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives."For a man so loved by so many, Trebek had many moments over the years that have brought smiles to everyone. Keep reading for those golden moments, and if you're a fan of the show, Can You Correctly Answer These Daily Double Jeopardy Questions?Read the original article on Best Life.

This Is Who Alex Trebek Wanted to Replace Him as the Next 'Jeopardy' Host

In households across the nation, Jeopardy has been a constant since the '80s, and beloved host Alex Trebek had been along for the ride for nearly 37 years. Many were saddened to hear about the host passing from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, but even through his battle, he had hopes for the show and where it could go. In an interview earlier this year, Trebek joked about who he would want to replace him as the next Jeopardy host, naming an equally beloved celeb: Betty White. Read on for more thoughts from the iconic game show host, and for more celebrities fighting health battles, Al Roker Says There's Good and Bad News About Prostate Cancer Diagnosis.

Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which was the cause of his death in November of this year. In July, Trebek invited ABC News' T.J. Holmes to his home for an interview with Good Morning America where he talked about Jeopardy, his battle with cancer, and the ongoing pandemic.

When asked about a potential replacement, Trebek said, "I joke with the audience all the time and I say, 'Betty White,' because they want somebody younger, somebody funnier. Betty and I have been friends for a long, long time."

But despite already having a backup in mind, Trebek wasn't ready to end his tenure as Jeopardy host, even with his cancer diagnosis. Just a few weeks after this interview, Trebek started filming new episodes of the game show, all the way up until Oct. 29.

"It sure would be nice to get back to work, I miss it," Trebek said in July. "It's been part of my life—a very important part of my life—for 36 years … I expect to be hosting the show, if I am around."

According to Variety, Sony said that the show will not immediately address plans to appoint a successor to Trebek. But they did reveal that Trebek's last episode of Jeopardy will air on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) this year.

"We lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family," Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement. "For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of Jeopardy and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives."

For a man so loved by so many, Trebek had many moments over the years that have brought smiles to everyone. Keep reading for those golden moments, and if you're a fan of the show, Can You Correctly Answer These Daily Double Jeopardy Questions?

Read the original article on Best Life.

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