Alex Trebek Wants Betty White to Replace Him on 'Jeopardy' | 22 Words

Over the past year, Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek, has been plagued with ongoing health issues, and now he has spoken out about who he wants to replace him on the show.

In a new interview, he gave fans the low down on why he thinks this celebrity would be perfect for the job...

 

Trebek has been hosting the popular show for over thirty years.

Alex took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life. The game show had originally aired in 1964, on NBC. It was created by host and media mogul, Merv Griffin. He even wrote the infamous theme song you hear when Jeopardy! contestants reach the final round.

After having its run on syndicated TV during the late '70s, producers decided to bring back the show for another run.

And the show has been going strong ever since! It's a good thing that there is a bunch of trivia facts floating around in the world these days...

But, recently, Alex Trebek had some sad news to share with us.

"Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week, I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease," he said.

Trebek isn't just a TV host, he's essentially America's dad.

He knows all the answers, and his deep, calming voice has been a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.

But let's rewind. Can we talk about the part where he says he's under contract for the next 3 years?

Even in times of darkness, this guy is stronger than ever – and shows us that he has a great sense of humor.

A simpler time...

Remember when the biggest Jeopardy! news was Trebek's beard? I, for one, liked it.

But this isn't Trebek's first health scare.

He went on hiatus in January of 2018 after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.

And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered.

Because it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we'd all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.

The host was still battling the disease.

Even though he was not technically in remission yet, Trebek has vowed that he will keep working while he's "on the mend." One of the nation's favorite treasures said: "I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." What a man!

It might have been strange to watch him on our screens again knowing his condition, but we were so happy to see him return!

The new season of Jeopardy! (with Alex Trebek as the host!) premiered September 9th.

But fans were then hit with heartbreaking news.

Following a loss of a whopping twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his "numbers go sky-high," Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.

"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing."

"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."

Trebek offered more insight into his battle.

Alongside the jump in numbers, Trebek claims he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.

"So we're back on the chemo."

"We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."

"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer."

"We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."

He's dedicated to his job, though.

He claims he'll keep working "as long as my skills do not diminish," although cold sores from his chemo have left him struggling to enunciate.

"I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving."

“But there will come a point when they (fans and producers) will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’"

"I’m not afraid of dying."

“I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that?"

Amid his health battle...

"When it came to his career, he was forced to consider the "what ifs."

Now, he's letting fans know who he would like to step into his role on Jeopardy.

During a recent interview with Good Morning Americathe infamous host revealed he would like his longtime friend Betty White to replace him on the show. 

He thinks she would be perfect for the job...

"I have no say whatsoever in who will replace me when my days as the host of Jeopardy end. "But I joked with the audience and said Betty White, because they want somebody younger and somebody funnier."

He continued:

"She checks all those boxes. Betty and I have been friends for a long, long time."

But, he went on to say that he would only leave the show if he physically couldn't host anymore...

In fact, he joked they'd have to take him "crawling away."

So, it looks like he won't be leaving the show any time soon...

Something we're sure fans are very happy about.

Watch the full interview below:

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