Alex Trebek (Jokingly) Suggests His Jeopardy Successor: Betty White

July 23, 2020 Updated: July 23, 2020

Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has selected an unlikely candidate to be his successor: Betty White.

Trebek, 80, has not yet announced any plans to retire from hosting the longtime game show he has helmed since 1984.

However, the “Jeopardy!” host was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer last year, and his future on the show is unknown. Trebek did tell “Good Morning America” that he will do the job as long as he is capable.

“I’m doing well,” Trebek said in a video posted to the show’s official Twitter account regarding his health. “I’ve been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good. I’m feeling great.”

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Alex Trebek accepts the award for outstanding game show host for “Jeopardy!” at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif., on May 5, 2019. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

There is a five-year survival rate of 9 percent for pancreatic cancer across all stages on average, according to the American Cancer Society.

“I joke with the audience all the time and I say, ‘Betty White,’ because they want somebody younger, somebody funnier,” Trebek said while speaking to “Good Morning America.”

Trebek said that he and White, 98, have long been friends.

Trebek has hosted more than 7,500 episodes of “Jeopardy!” He has been nominated for 34 Daytime Emmy Awards, winning seven of them. His last Daytime Emmy Award came last month for Outstanding Game Show Host.

Trebek recently published a memoir, “The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.”

CNN reached out to Trebek’s representatives for comment but has not heard back.

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