'Jeopardy' Host Alex Trebek Talks Retirement, Potential Replacements

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During a sit-down with TMZ’s Harvey Levin on Sunday night's 'OBJECTified,' Trebek says his chances of leaving the game show are more than “50/50” once his contract expires in 2020, with sportscaster Alex Fraust as his replacement choice.

Alex Trebek may currently be the long-running host of Jeopardy!, but he already has a replacement in mind should his retirement come: sportscaster Alex Fraust. 

During a sit-down with TMZ’s Harvey Levin for the latest episode of Fox News Channel's OBJECTified on Sunday night, Trebek says his chances of leaving the show are more than "50/50" once his contract expires in 2020. When asked who would be an ideal replacement, Trebek said that Fraust, who is an Los Angeles Kings hockey announcer, should take over.

"I mentioned to our producer, not so long ago, that the fellow who does play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings — they should consider him,” the 78-year-old host said coyly.

Though Faust, who is just 28, might seem like a newcomer to some, the sportscaster was chosen to replace Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller after 44 seasons to do play-by-play for the Kings. 

Despite Fraust being an ideal candidate to replace him, Trebek revealed that he's also open to the idea of a female replacement — in particular CNN legal analyst Laura Coates. 

"There is an attorney, Laura Coates," Trebek told Levin. "She’s African-American and she appears on some of the cable news shows from time to time."

Though Trebek has a couple more years left on his contract to helm Jeopardy!, the host was forced to take a brief break last winter, in between his filming schedule, to recuperate from brain surgery related to a fall he suffered months earlier. Trebek returned to the game show in January.