Jeopardy! wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for Alex Trebek. Meant to test your knowledge of generally anything under the sun, Jeopardy! has been around for 55 long years. The game show is an American TV icon with millions of viewers all over the world tuning in to see who’ll be the champion. The longtime host, Alex Trebek, has been gracing TV screens for 35 years and has no plans of stopping any time soon.
Despite a recent cancer diagnosis, Trebek fully intends to continue hosting the show. In fact, he has recently signed up for an additional three years. While most people look forward to their retirement, especially after working for more than 30 years, Trebek claims he’d be “lost” if he were to leave Jeopardy!, according to People Magazine. “You get to a certain age, and if you’ve been doing the same show for 30 years, or the same job, whatever it is, for 30 years, wouldn’t you think about retirement?” Trebek told People. “What am I gonna do? I’m enjoying myself and I’m having a good time with what I’m doing now, but if I were to retire, what would I do? I’d be lost. My wife would say I’m getting on her nerves because I’m around all the time. I’m around most of the time anyway now except for two days.”
Jeopardy! might still be a big part of Trebek’s life at the moment, but he has admitted to thinking about what he’d like to do once this chapter of his life ends. Being an actor is an option he is very open to, as he’d still like to be in front of the camera. When he was interviewed in 2018 by TMZ founder Harry Levin, Trebek had a couple of people in mind that he said would make good replacements as hosts of Jeopardy!: hockey announcer Alex Faust or CNN legal analyst Laura Coates, though they’d have to be in the loop about those hard-to-answer categories that make the show exciting. In a video where he gave an update on his current health condition, Trebek assured fans of his dedication to the show.
“I’m going to keep working and with the love and support with my family and with the help of your prayers also,” Trebek said. “I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told, I have to, because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years.” The most recent health issue the host experienced was a fall in 2018. Though he took a short medical leave, the show didn’t have to resort to a temporary host in his absence.