I'll Take 'Who Should Be the Next Jeopardy! Host' for $1,000, Alex
We're very loyal Jeopardy! watchers in the Hemingway household, so I very nearly had a heart attack upon reading this New York Post story:
The answer to the “Jeopardy” clue “Alex Trebrek’s replacement” has a new and surprising question:
“Who is Matt Lauer?”
The beleaguered host of the “Today” show is at the top of the list to take over the brainy game show when Trebek steps down, as expected, in 2016, knowledgeable sources tell The Post.
It's terrifying enough that I have to contemplate the venerable Trebek stepping down, but Matt Lauer?
He seems like a nice guy and he's clearly an able broadcaster, but NO, a thousand times no. Trebek is beloved because his avuncular good nature is balanced out by his off-kilter Canadian wit. I don't think Lauer's earnest, plays-well-in-Peoria persona is a good match for Jeopardy's intellectual vibe.
When I griped about Lauer's name being floated, James Poulos made an intriguing suggestion for who should replace Trebek: Kurt Loder, who happens to be one of my favorite libertarians. The kids who grew up on MTV in the 80s are now firmly in the Jeopardy! demographic. His wry sensibility would mesh well -- he's hip without being hipster. He also had an impressive career as a print journalist so he's genuinely intelligent, and not just another guy reading a teleprompter.
Perhaps a more obvious suggestion is Ken Jennings, whose books and public appearances since the show suggest he might possibly be the wittiest man alive. Certainly, he would have goodwill among the show's devoted fan base.
And the better half makes another excellent suggestion: Alton Brown, who might be my favorite TV personality of the last decade. He's the total package -- nerd credentials, wit, and broadcasting chops.
Anyway, who do you think should be the next Jeopardy! host? Make your case below. And Sajak, if you're lurking, tell Trebek he's done a lot to make our lives a little brighter all these years. His retirement may be a few years off, but even the thought of him leaving means a lot of people miss him already.