Tom Bergeron's Fans Ask Him to Take over for the Late Alex Trebek as Host on 'Jeopardy!'
At this point, it’s a general fact that “Jeopardy!” longtime host Alex Trebek has passed on. Now the focus is also on who will fill his spot on the game show he hosted for 37 seasons.
Alex Trebek sadly died on Sunday at the age of 80. The “Jeopardy!” game show host had struggled with a stage-4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis after announcing it in March 2019.
Now that he’s gone, “Jeopardy!” fans are contemplating who should take over his post. On Tuesday, former “Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)” host, Tom Bergeron, posted a photo of himself on Instagram.
In the image, Bergeron was seen having lunch with actress Danica McKellar. The former television host’s fans took to the comments section to urge him to take Trebek’s spot on “Jeopardy!”
One fan encouraged the former DWTS host to “throw your name into hosting ‘Jeopardy!’” The person noted how Bergeron would be great at the new job since he doesn’t seem to be doing any work at the moment.
The same fan also tagged McKeller and involved her in his plot to get the television personality to take Trebek’s post. This time the follower asked the actress if she didn’t think her celebrity friend would be great as the game show’s host.
The fan even went as far as pushing a movement to get Bergeron, who was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the post. A different fan seemed to have the same thought as the first guy; telling the former DWTS host that he needed to take the new role.
McKellar and Bergeron actually worked together during season 18 of DWTS when she competed alongside professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy. In the Instagram image that Bergeron posted, the pair was lunching at King’s Fish House in Calabasas, California.
On Monday night's episode of “Entertainment Tonight,” Mike Richards, “Jeopardy!’s” executive producer, revealed that he’d never discussed who would replace Trebek. Richards' shared how the late star had never named a successor.
The game show’s executive producer explained how Trebek just focused on being the host of the show as long as he could. That’s why Richards never asked him who he’d like to replace him.
“Jeopardy!” was seen as the late star’s show until he decided to retire. Richards thought the television personality’s failure to retire was an amazing thing and a blessing for the series.
Trebek did however mention the qualities a new host would need to have, according to Richards. The late star hoped the new host would be someone that the audience would respect and a person who had credibility.
Some of the people who fit Trebek’s description were Betty White, Alex Faust, and Laura Coates. Despite the late host naming people who could reign in his stead, the executive producer shared that they hadn’t started looking for a replacement yet.