Matt Lauer “Jeopardy:” A report Friday said that “Today” host Matt Lauer could switch to prime-time in hosting “Jeopardy” after Alex Trebek retires.
“Today” show host Matt Lauer might be replacing Alex Trebek on “Jeopardy,” reported The New York Post on Friday, citing “knowledgeable sources.”
It said that Lauer is at the top of potential candidates to replace Trebek, who has hosted the quiz show for nearly 30 years.
The newspaper also claims that Lauer may not be signing another deal with “Today” after his $25 million per year contract expires in two years. It is not clear if the “Jeopardy” has reached out and talked with Lauer’s agent, Ken Lindner.
Trebek, 72, has suffered two heart attacks in recent years—the latest taking place last summer—and has said he would like to step down from “Jeopardy” hosting duties in the near future. He started hosting the program in 1984.
Some sources with Sony Pictures Television, which owns “Jeopoardy,” also said CNN’s Anderson Cooper might also be considered.
The paper said that final decisions regarding the fate of “Jeopardy” and its hosting duties will not take place for least a year and a half. And “in this business, that’s a lifetime,” one inside source told the paper.
According to a report from The New York Times this week, the “Today” show’s ratings fell to second place to ABC‘s “Good Morning America” for the first time in 16 years last year, and they have stayed that way. Industry estimates say that the show’s revenue dipped by around $50 million last year.
The show is losing around 800,000 total viewers a day to “Good Morning America,” according to the Times, which noted there has been rumors and speculation that Lauer is on his way out.
The rumors prompted NBC News executive Alex Wallace, who is in charge of “Today,” to try and dispel them. “We are aware of all the ridiculous rumors and gossip,” he said.
“We would like Matt Lauer to be in the chair as long as he would like to be. We hope that’s for many years to come,” Wallace continued.
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