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Eric Sofer
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Alex Trebek is an old man with a deadly condition. I wish him the best for a quick and total healing, but that's all I can offer.

Thus arises the question - if he has to take an extended leave from the show, or leave it, how do they replace him? Who do you get?

Who would YOU get? It's got to be someone who's smart, personable, a sense of humor, and perhaps the slightest touch of snark. Recognizability isn't necessary; who knew who Alex Trebek was before his 35 year run as host?

I liked Colby Burnett as a contestant, and he seems to have the qualities to host the show. Pleasant, obviously smart as a whip, amusing without being condescending... he seems to me to be an excellent choice.

Undoubtedly there are dozens others. Is there anyone you'd like to see host "Jeopardy!", for whatever tenure is required?
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The job requires charisma, but not actual smarts. After all, the Host doesn’t have to actually know the answers! So I’d look for someone—male or female—with a commanding presence and at least a veneer of intelligence.

Now, WHO that might be...

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Mr. Byrne, you're quite right in that intelligence isn't required to do a superb job (pick any TV game show over the past thirty years... :)

However, Alex Trebek does toss in an extra tidbit every now and then that seems to be from his knowledge cache, and not just a note on the screen. I could be wrong, of course.

So Mr. Byrne - are YOU available? :)
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Well, a friend of mine used to write for JEOPARDY, and I was once an “answer” (the two are unconnected), so.....
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People online have suggested Ken Jennings, which would be a passing of the torch of sorts.
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Neil Patrick Harris?

Charismatic, seems reasonably intelligent, has done the game show host bit...
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Decades ago, my mother announced very happily that George Segal was coming to Calgary to do dinner theater. My first thought was "Oh! I didn't realize his career was over!"

I can't help but think of game shows in much the same way.

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As I understand it, Alex Trebek has no plans to stand down and I hope he succeeds in beating down his cancer and beating the survival-rate statistics.

In an alternate universe where there was no Alex Trebek and I had to cast a host, I would ask CBS news correspondent Anthony Mason if he was interested. He might consider it a step-down from the world of journalism, but Anthony Mason has exactly the right kind of avuncular and erudite demeanour for the show.
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I'd like to see the show bring Ken Jennings back as host. 

Trebek's own suggestions (not counting Betty White), Laura Coates or Ben Mankiewicz, would both be excellent, though it's hard for me to see either one leaving their current TV gig for a game show, even if it's Jeopardy.

If it had to be somebody who was already a game-show host...John O'Hurley? He wouldn't have Trebek's gravitas, but it would be fun to hear him say "you must phrase your answer in the form of a question."





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LeVar Burton has expressed interest.
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That could work.
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I would pick Ophira Eisenberg, the wonderful host of NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER - she would play it straight but also give it some levity.  

Alec Baldwin has been doing a great job on ABC's reboot of MATCH GAME and Drew Carey has actually made me check out THE PRICE IS RIGHT, so I suspect they will go with the celebrity model to solve this.  In this case, I agree LeVar Burton would be a great choice.


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