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Alex Trebek talks retiring from 'Jeopardy!' — and recommends his replacements

When the 78-year-old's current contract runs out, he might just step out of the spotlight on his hit game show.
by Ree Hines / / Source: TODAY
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For fans of "Jeopardy," the answer is a resounding "No!"

The question? "Can you even imagine the show without Alex Trebek?"

However, fans may not have to imagine that once Trebek's contract runs up in 2020. In a sit-down with TMZ's Harvey Levin, the formerly mustachioed host said there's only a "50/50" or "a little less" chance that he'll go on to helm the competition after that.

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In fact, Trebek already knows whom he'd like to see take over the reins of the trivia game show once he brings his record-breaking run to an end.

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

That would be sportscaster Alex Faust.

But he's not the only one to get a coveted recommendation from "Jeopardy's" main man. In fact, Trebek isn't so sure the next host should be a man.

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

Whether it's in 2020 or years later, whenever Trebek calls it quits, it'll be a sad day for faithful fans of the long-running series.

Trebek took on hosting duties back in 1984, and in all those years, he's only missed a single taping of the show — and that's when he swapped places for a day with his "Wheel of Fortune" counterpart, Pat Sajak, more than 20 years ago.

Last winter, though, Trebek took a brief break in between his filming schedule to recuperate after undergoing brain surgery related to a fall he suffered months earlier.

He returned to work in January.

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