There was a recent ABC special, What Is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America’s Most Popular Quiz Show. During this special, 79-year-old Alex Trebek discussed his stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis and the future of the show without him. He says that whenever his final episode comes around, he will have a 30-second farewell message for viewers. Trebek also says, “Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me, because I have no say in that whatsoever.”
According to TV Line, there main reason for Trebek not having a say in it is enforced by himself. “It’s not a decision that would be up to me. And I would not make myself available to presenting an opinion,” he explains to TV Line. “I would leave it up to the people in charge.”
Alex Trebek has ‘no say’ in future ‘Jeopardy!’ successor… why?
TV Line also spoke with Jeopardy! executive producer Harry Friedman about Trebek’s role in deciding on the future game show host. “[Alex] really has no interest in being involved in that process,” he admits. “We would welcome his opinion, obviously, but he feels like it’s really not up to him. And he has said that for a long time.”
Trebek, while choosing to not have a say in his successor, does have an idea of who his dream pick is. If he just had to choose! He reveals, “When people ask me who I’d like to see replace me, I say, ‘Well, it’s probably going to be a woman, and she’ll have to be bright, she’ll have to have a good sense of humor…’ Uhhhh, let’s see…. Betty White! Betty White is my choice.”
Despite anything, Trebek plans on staying with Jeopardy! as long as he can (until his contract ends). Even with a cancer battle, he remains upbeat and positive for the future.