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Alex Trebek Talks 'Jeopardy' Retirement, Replacement

Alex Trebek Talks 'Jeopardy' Retirement, Replacement

Host of 'Jeopardy!' Alex Trebek (Ben Hider/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 30 July 2018 10:17 AM

Alex Trebek talked "Jeopardy" retirement and his surprising choices for his replacement on Sunday's episode of Fox News Channel's "OBJECTified" with Harvey Levin.

Trebek said there's a more than "50/50" shot that he will leave the legendary game show when his contract expires in 2020, according to TMZ.

In January, Trebek, 78, announced that he had surgery for blood clots after a fall three months earlier, and he was planning on returning to the taping of "Jeopardy" "very, very soon." He was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last Dec. 15 when he underwent the procedure.

When asked about a possible replacement host, Trebek said he has approached producers about Alex Faust, the announcer for the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, TMZ reported. Faust, 28, replaced Bob Miller, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who had done play-by-play for the hockey squad for 44 years, last year.

A Brooklyn, New York native, Faust earned a degree in political science and economics from Northeastern University and worked for a time as a data analyst for PricewaterhouseCoopers to finance his sportscasting, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We thought it was important to get a national voice, someone that when you hear the city of Los Angeles and Kings fans you feel almost like you're watching a national broadcast." Kings president Luc Robitaille said last year in hiring Faust, the Times reported.

As for a female host of "Jeopardy," Trebek said he believes Laura Coates, an attorney and CNN legal analyst, would make for a good replacement.

Coates, who also hosts a talk show on SiriusXM, is a lecturer at George Washington University School of Law. She is a former assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia and a former trial attorney in the civil rights division of the Department of Justice, specializing voters' rights enforcement.

Coates said on Twitter Monday that she was "honored' and "humbled" to be mentioned by Trebek.

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