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Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...  
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

In 2007, longtime host of The Price is Right Bob Barker retired at age 83. Regis Philbin (age 79, soon to be 80) is leaving Live with Regis and Kelly in November, and I don't expect that he will host anymore game shows afterward. So, it looks like the next oldest active game show host is Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek (70 years old, turns 71 in July).

With Drew Carey now hosting The Price is Right, the show has seen its ratings decline, although they are still decent enough to continue the show. However, once Alex Trebek decides to retire from Jeopardy!, would the show survive without Alex Trebek? Jeopardy! has consistently held the #2 spot in syndication for a very long time, only behind Wheel of Fortune. However, if Alex Trebek retired, most likely ratings would go down.

Personally, I think that a worthy successor to Alex Trebek would be Richard Karn. He did a great job hosting Family Feud IMO. Trebek's contract expires in 2014 when he will be 73-74 years old.

[Edited 2011-04-18 18:43:45]


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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
I think that a worthy successor to Alex Trebek would be Richard Karn. He did a great job hosting Family Feud IMO.

Jeopardy and F.F. are world apart. Universes, maybe. Family Feud is a syndicated, B-list show with people who guess what the most popular answers to "Things you would find in your toilet bowl" are. Jeopardy is a high rated network show that tends to attract more intellectual and academic audiences. Both fun shows, but I just don't see Karn working on Jeopardy. Trebek has an aura of fitting in on Jeopardy, Karn doesn't in my mind.

I can't give you a good replacement for Trebek, but...I just don't see Karn as a possibility.


User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2851 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Personally, I think that a worthy successor to Alex Trebek would be Richard Karn


You did not pose your answer as a question.

Okie


User currently offlineRJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3170 times:

Quoting sw733 (Reply 1):
Family Feud is a syndicated, B-list show with people who guess what the most popular answers to "Things you would find in your toilet bowl" are.

Hahahaha, thank you, you just made my night!! I've been to a couple of tapings of Family Feud, but don't really watch the show. I watch Jeopardy! every night (if I'm not working) and haven't been to a taping, but I would love to!



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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3166 times:

Quoting sw733 (Reply 1):
Jeopardy and F.F. are world apart. Universes, maybe. Family Feud is a syndicated, B-list show with people who guess what the most popular answers to "Things you would find in your toilet bowl" are. Jeopardy is a high rated network show that tends to attract more intellectual and academic audiences. Both fun shows, but I just don't see Karn working on Jeopardy. Trebek has an aura of fitting in on Jeopardy, Karn doesn't in my mind.

     


I can't imagine Jeopardy without Alex Trebek...

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Trebek's contract expires in 2014 when he will be 73-74 years old.

Wow, I thought he was "younger" than that. Well is there a chance that he'd renew his contract for another 5 years or so?



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9395 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3140 times:
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Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
However, once Alex Trebek decides to retire from Jeopardy!, would the show survive without Alex Trebek?

I can't say whether it would survive, but it's worth noting that Jeopardy was around before Alex Trebek.

I'd imagine Johnny GIlbert would retire at the same time as Alex Trebek, so they'd need a new announcer as well.

I would certainly still watch Jeopardy without Trebek. Though he's certainly a much-loved staple of the show, the format of the show is such that it could relatively easily go on with a new host, in my opinion.



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User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

Category: Quiz Masters

Answer: Art Fleming.

Question: Who was the original host of Jeopardy.

As far as I can tell, Fleming hosted the program from 1964 to 1975. Proof that the show can succeed with someone other than Alex Trebek as host.

By the way, my vote for Trebek's replacement would be John O'Hurley (Question: Who played J Peterman on Seinfeld?).


User currently offlineRJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 6):
Question: Who played J Peterman on Seinfeld?

Cateogry: B-List TV Show Hosts "I give you the show title, you give me the host"

Answer: Family Feud

Question: Who is John O'Hurley?

[Edited 2011-04-18 19:47:44]


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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11122 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
once Alex Trebek decides to retire from Jeopardy!,

Perish the thought! I can't even thing who any replacement would be for Alex. Chuck Woolery? John O'Hurley maybe. Someone not too comically enclined. An intelligent Andy Richter type.



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User currently onlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2242 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 6):
Answer: Art Fleming.

Question: Who was the original host of Jeopardy.

I was just a little Moose back then, but I remember Art Fleming - I guess I started watching in the late '60s. I had no idea Trebek was 70 years old, although it does make sense - I remember seeing him as host of "High Rollers" back in the mid-70s, and that was 35 years ago.



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 8):
Chuck Woolery?

Chuck Woolery is almost the same age as Alex Trebek, with less than a year difference in age.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13254 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3053 times:
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Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 4):
I can't imagine Jeopardy without Alex Trebek...

Audiences said the same thing about Art Fleming when "Jeopardy!" came back to television in the mid 80s.



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User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

How about this: Alex Trebek's replacement is...Will Ferrell!!   

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 10):
Chuck Woolery is almost the same age as Alex Trebek, with less than a year difference in age.

Woolery just seems younger due to the plastic surgery.


Chalk me up for not realizing Trebek is in his early 70s. Certainly look really good these days.

To be honest I am hard pressed to think of a suitable host at this point. While game shows were once a staple of TV they are a bit of a dying breed. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have had considerable staying power over the years, while other franchises -- Family Feud in particular -- have struggled through multiple hosts. Dawson was pretty iconic, Ray Combs did a good job of making the show is own, but you'd hardly call it successful since his death all those years ago.

Maybe IBM's Watson could host.



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 12):
Will Ferrell!!

  

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 13):
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have had considerable staying power over the years, while other franchises -- Family Feud in particular -- have struggled through multiple hosts.

Cash Cab is doing pretty well these days. Different format, yes, but still a trivia game show.


User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10991 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

I'd bet it would be someone you've never heard of. Maybe an NPR or PBS type host. Remember, he (or she!) has to be rather worldly, and able to pronounce weird tish from all over the lingual spectrum.

I remember when I was in 3rd grade studying ancient Mexico, and not knowing how to pronounce Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), but then there was a Jeopardy! question about it, and Alex Trebek taught me how to say it.

Ten-oh-tit-LAHN.



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User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7127 posts, RR: 87
Reply 16, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2946 times:

How about Ben Stein for a replacement?   

User currently offlineTOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2884 times:

Trebek looks amazing for his age and seems to be in good shape. I'd say he's good for another 10+ years, if they decide to extend his contract out.


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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2874 times:

Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 17):
Trebek looks amazing for his age and seems to be in good shape. I'd say he's good for another 10+ years, if they decide to extend his contract out.

Well, he did suffer a heart attack in 2007, however, he has been going strong since then.



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2867 times:

Quoting sw733 (Reply 1):
I can't give you a good replacement for Trebek, but...I just don't see Karn as a possibility.

I love the show, but I've never been a fan of Alex Trebek. I remember years ago someone said when they hit a daily double, "I'd like to bet $1500 Alex" he responded something to the effect that you don't bet on this show you wager.

Personally, I think Ben Stein could do his job. He's a smart guy, maybe a little too dry of humor for the show though. I do remember a celebrity show once where George Wendt from Cheers showed that he was really smart as well.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9395 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2867 times:
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Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 12):
How about this: Alex Trebek's replacement is...Will Ferrell!!

Now THAT would be awesome!

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 13):
Chalk me up for not realizing Trebek is in his early 70s. Certainly look really good these days.

  



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 2863 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 19):
I love the show, but I've never been a fan of Alex Trebek. I remember years ago someone said when they hit a daily double, "I'd like to bet $1500 Alex" he responded something to the effect that you don't bet on this show you wager.

Personally, I think Ben Stein could do his job. He's a smart guy, maybe a little too dry of humor for the show though. I do remember a celebrity show once where George Wendt from Cheers showed that he was really smart as well.

Trebek can crank up the smugness for sure, but that is part of his charm.

Now Ben Stein I don't particularly like. He was ok on "Win Ben Stein's Money" back in the day on Comedy Central... but I dislike him more and more each day.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 14):
Cash Cab is doing pretty well these days. Different format, yes, but still a trivia game show.

Now Ben Bailey would be an interesting host for Jeopardy!. Though I have a hard time picturing him in a suit everyday. but I think his stand-up comedy background would work well in a traditional game show format.



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (2 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 2851 times:

How about the guy that was the host of the short-lived "Rock & Roll Jeopardy!" spin-off, Jeff Probst? I'm sure they could film around his "Survivor" commitments. Or how about Tom Bergeron, who besides hosting "Dancing With The Stars", hosted the most recent incarnation of "Hollywood Squares"?

User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5429 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Quoting D L X (Reply 15):
I'd bet it would be someone you've never heard of. Maybe an NPR or PBS type host. Remember, he (or she!) has to be rather worldly, and able to pronounce weird tish from all over the lingual spectrum.

I disagree. It's going to be a well known TV game show or reality show host. Most of these people are pretty worldly, you just don't see it because they're known for their American antics (which tend to get dumber and dumber these days, unfortunately)



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2336 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

People on here are throwing out names of relatively famous or well known people to succeed Alex Trebek on Jeopardy but has anyone ever given the thought of casting a relatively unknown in the role? After all, who were Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak before they took over hosting duties of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune? Alex Trebek was a nobody and Sajak was a weatherman... Some of the best talent out there is often the ones nobody hears about...


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25 Post contains images Maverick623 : I'll give you that Sajak was not very well known outside of the local circuits, but:
26 chrisair : I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Kebert Xela.
27 FRAspotter : Ok, maybe I was exaggerating about Trebek being a "nobody". Really... he was in a number of older shows, the majority of them for a few years or less
28 luckyone : Nononono. Charlie Sheen!...or Betty White...we just can't get enough of her... I don't know whether to laugh or smack you...but yes...I took the bait
29 sw733 : It's the only way to send him back to the fifth dimension
30 DocLightning : That depends if HE wants to. Lord knows how much he's worth, but I'm sure it's a lot. He may be in "I'm ready to retire to my private island" mode.
31 texan : People who might replace Alex Trebek for $400. Who is Mo Rocca. Texan
32 D L X : That would be pretty damn cool! In fact, I could see Jeopardy doing a thing where if you won, say 30 days in a row, you get to be the new host. Numbe
33 N1120A : Uh, you don't know much about the history of that show, do you? It was anything but B-List during the Dawson and Combs runs. Also, Jeopardy is syndic
34 wn700driver : That would be awesome. But if can't/won't, I guess I'll do it.
35 sw733 : I absolutely know about the history of the show. I also know today is 2011 and can you even name off the top of your head what network you can watch
36 moose135 : Last I heard, Louie Anderson was the host, but I don't know if he still is. It's a syndicated show, so it isn't on a "network" - it all depends on wh
37 RJLover : I was flipping through the channels yesterday and noticed that Steve Harvey was hosting. I have not idea when that episode was taped.
38 1337Delta764 : Louie Anderson hasn't hosted since 2002, that year he was replaced by Richard Karn. Richard Karn remained host until 2006, when he was replaced by Jo
39 Geezer : I'm a huge fan of Ben Stein! I love his "clear eyes" gig! Jeopardy ? Never watched it longer than the time it takes to switch channels; but I DO have
40 sw733 : Nope Well I meant whomever has it in his local market, if anyone. I personally have no idea if it is played in my local market in Kansas City. Not a
41 Yellowstone : Ben Stein used to be funny, until he jumped off the deep end with his Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed "documentary" criticizing evolution. These da
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