Matt Lauer is reportedly a frontrunner to replace Alex Trebek as host of ‘Jeopardy!’ in 2016

By Markirah Shaw,

Today Show anchor Matt Lauer may become the successor of legendary Jeopardy! host, Alex Trebek, who will retire in 2016.

The New York Post reports that Sony Pictures Television has been eyeing TV personalities for several months now to see who will be available by the end of Trebek's contract. Lauer is one of those candidates.

The audience of The Today Show currently views Lauer as a villain for his alleged role in ousting long time co-anchor Ann Curry. According to the New York Times, Lauer’s morning show consequently lost the ratings race to its competitor Good Morning America.

Nevertheless, a source for the New York Post says that Lauer is in the running to be the next host of Jeopardy.

Lauer would certainly have big shoes to fill. FOX News reported last year that Jeopardy! entertains about 9 million viewers a day. Also, Trebek has been the recognizable host of the game show for 30 years.

Trebek told FOX what it took to become a beloved host, saying, “My job is to provide the atmosphere and assistance to the contestants to get them to perform at their very best. And if I'm successful doing that, I will be perceived as a nice guy and the audience will think of me as being a bit of a star.”

The Post further reports that Sony Pictures Television has also looked into host Anderson Cooper of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, but a final decision on Trebek’s successor is at least a year away.



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