Even though he doesn’t actually look 72, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is getting up there in age, which means replacement talks are in full swing.
The New York Post reports Today co-host Matt Lauer is at the top of the short list when Trebek steps down, as expected, in 2016.
The timing works as well from a contract standpoint — Lauer’s deal is up at 2015 and Trebek recently signed a new three-year deal that will run out in 2016.
The other name the NY Post tossed out was CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who’s a reported free agent at the end of 2014. Any official decision on Trebek’s replacement isn’t expected for another 18 months.
Next year will mark 30 years as host of Jeopardy! for for Trebek. In recent years, he’s battled two minor heart attacks — the most recent one in 2012.