It’s not secret that Alex Trebek will eventually have to retire from his role as host of “Jeopardy!,” and now the 79-year-old is giving his thoughts on a possible replacement once he steps aside.
While speaking at the Television Critics’ Association winter tour, he was asked about his successor.
“No, it’s not a decision that would be up to me and I would not make myself available to presenting an opinion,” the longtime host said. He added that he “would leave it up to the people in charge.”
He then went on to throw one name out there as a possible host.
“When people ask me who I’d like to see replace me, I say, ‘Well, it’s probably going to be a woman and she’ll have to be bright. She’ll have to have a good sense of humor.’ Betty White, [there’s] my choice,” Trebek said.
During the event, Trebek also opened up about his plans for retirement. At first, he joked that his plan is to “drink,” but then he got more serious.
“When you’ve been hosting, there are some of you who have been doing your jobs for many years,” he continued. “Some of you two or three decades. When you’ve been in the same job for that long period of time, it moves you to think at some point about retiring. Thinking about retiring and retiring are two different things,” he said.
“As long as I feel my skills haven’t diminished too much and as long as I’m enjoying spending time with bright people and working with people like Harry [Friedman] and our creative writing team, then I’m going to do it,” he added.
In an interview with Michael Strahan on ABC News last week, Trebek opened up about saying goodbye.
“It’ll be a significant moment for me,” he said. “But I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and what I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want.’ And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me…then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.'”