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Who will change Alex Trebek? Candidates for subsequent ‘Jeopardy!’ host

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Who can change the irreplaceable Alex Trebek?

That’s the query on “Jeopardy!” followers’ minds after the beloved host died at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic most cancers on Sunday.

After he introduced his prognosis in 2019, hypothesis started for who will tackle the internet hosting gig he’s manned since 1984. Nevertheless, he would possibly really be irreplaceable. A 2019 ballot from Morning Seek the advice of discovered that 50% of “Jeopardy!” followers would cease watching the present if Trebek, a bonafide popular culture icon, wasn’t the host.

That leaves a troublesome job forward for ABC, which owns the syndication rights, in addition to distributor CBS Tv and producer Sony Tv, all of which have declined to place ahead any names formally.

Even Trebek, whereas battling most cancers, was hesitant to appoint candidates — and even insisted on carrying on his internet hosting duties till at any time when it started to negatively impression his efficiency — although he did jokingly identify one: Betty White.

He additionally stated it’s as much as TV bigwigs. “It’s not a call that may be as much as me, and I might not make myself out there to presenting an opinion,” Trebek informed TVLine in January. “I would go away it as much as the individuals in cost.”

Producers even have maintained that Trebek had not expressed curiosity in naming candidates to take over.

“[Alex] actually has no real interest in being concerned in that course of,” “Jeopardy!” government producer Harry Friedman informed TVLine. “We might welcome his opinion, clearly, however he feels prefer it’s actually less than him. And he has stated that for a very long time.”

“Jeopardy!” EP Mike Richards doubled down on that notion in an interview with Leisure Tonight following Trebek’s demise.

“He by no means talked about names to us. He actually needed to be the host of the present, whereas he was the host of the present,” Richards defined. “So we didn’t say, ‘Hey, what about this individual? What about that individual?’ It was his present till he informed us he was going to retire and, amazingly, he by no means did. I believe that’s a blessing.”

Having pretaped episodes till the tip of October, Trebek will nonetheless be seen in episodes slated to air in December (the final one is Christmas Day), nevertheless it received’t be lengthy till the long-running present can be compelled to maneuver on with a brand new host.

Some well-known faces have reportedly tossed their hats within the ring, together with the likes of ABC Information anchor George Stephanopoulos, to tackle the publish that Trebek held for practically 37 years. Listed here are a few of the high successor candidates within the rumor mill.

George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos
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The ABC anchor and political correspondent, 59, has been eyeing the job, telling Howard Stern in Might that it will be “enjoyable,” however whoever takes over has “massive sneakers to fill.” Nevertheless, an ABC supply informed The Publish that he’s not “actively” lobbying for the gig, regardless of experiences saying he’s pursuing it following Trebek’s passing.

Betty White

Betty White
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Trebek might have been joking, however he nominated fellow popular culture icon Betty White to take his place. “I joke with the viewers on a regular basis and I say, ‘Betty White,’ as a result of they need anyone youthful, anyone funnier,” Trebek stated on “Good Morning America” in July. Seems, White, 98, is a good friend of Trebek’s — and a fan of the sport present.

There was additionally a bit little bit of chemistry between the 2, regardless of Trebek being married to spouse Jean Currivan Trebek since 1990. In 2018, White informed The Publish that she enjoys watching “Jeopardy!” as a result of, “First, it’s such a superb sport and, second, I occur to have an enormous crush on the host, Alex Trebek.”

That wasn’t the one time Trebek touted White, having beforehand steered her a couple of months earlier in January. “When individuals ask me who I’d wish to see change me, I say, ‘Properly, it’s in all probability going to be a girl, and she or he’ll should be vivid, she’ll should have a superb humorousness…’ Uhhhh, let’s see … Betty White! Betty White is my alternative,” he informed TVLine.

Ken Jennings

Alex Trebek and contestant Ken Jennings on "Jeopardy" in 2004.
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Holding the title of the winningest “Jeopardy!” contestant and winner of the Best of All Time competitors, 46-year-old Jennings was named as a consulting producer and model ambassador for the present in September. Followers speculated that he was being groomed for the internet hosting gig, particularly since he’s some of the well-known contestants of all time, having written books on the subject of trivia.

Alex Faust

Alex Faust
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In a 2018 interview with TMZ, Trebek steered that LA Kings hockey announcer Alex Faust, 28, would make an ideal alternative. “They need to think about him,” he stated on the time, noting that he talked about Faust’s identify to producers.

Laura Coates

Laura Coates
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Throughout that very same interview with TMZ, CNN authorized analyst Laura Coates’ identify was additionally floated by Trebek. The 40-year-old appears to have a particular connection to Trebek, as famous in her tweet acknowledging his passing.

“I’m profoundly saddened by the passing of Alex Trebek,” she wrote. “When my very own grandmother misplaced her battle w/ pancreatic most cancers, the void she left was devastating & unimaginable. I pray his household will really feel the love all of us really feel pondering of the mark this humble legend has left on the world.”

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Catherine O’Hara’s ‘Dwelling Alone 2’ throwback goes viral

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Actress Catherine O’Hara has set the web alight after recreating the enduring scream scene from “Dwelling Alone 2” practically three a long time after the movie’s launch.

The nostalgic callback was first featured in a Youtube tribute to the movie’s late director John Hughes, however has since been shared by a TikTok fan account, the place it’s amassed about 3.5 million views.

The clip exhibits O’Hara, 66, recreating the well-known second from “Dwelling Alone 2: Misplaced In New York” the place Kate McCallister appears into the digicam and shrieks “Kevin!” after realizing her son is certainly misplaced within the Massive Apple. The “Beetlejuice” star then hilariously faints similar to she did within the 1992 Christmas traditional.

Her cinematic shoutout made a splash amongst “Dwelling Alone” followers — and her newer “Schitt’s Creek” following.

“She nonetheless did it precisely the identical! I really like this,” fawned one fan of O’Hara, who performed Moira Rose on “Schitt’s Creek.”

One other commented, “I hope she is aware of what an icon she is.”

“Repeat after me ICONIC,” wrote TikTok influencer thatboycollins.

Regardless of the landmark function, many “Schitt’s Creek” followers had been fully unaware that O’Hara starred within the “Dwelling Alone” collection.

“I simply came upon that Kevin’s mother in Dwelling Alone.. and Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek.. are performed by the identical actress,” wrote one flabbergasted fan on Twitter.

One other lamented, “It took me 5 seasons of watching Schitt’s Creek to understand that Moira is Kevin’s mother from dwelling alone.”

Talking of which, O’Hara memorably honored her “Schitt’s Creek” character Moira Rose in the course of the Emmys 2020 digital award present in September by sporting a face masks embroidered with a small rose in reference to the household’s floral surname.

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Millie Bobby Brown breaks down over ‘uncomfortable’ encounter

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Millie Bobby Brown burst into tears whereas explaining how a pushy fan made her really feel “uncomfortable and disrespected” by filming her with out her consent.

The “Stranger Issues” star stated the encounter occurred when she was out Christmas buying along with her mother.

“She stated, ‘Can I take a video of you?’ I stated, ‘Um, no,’” Brown, 16, stated on her Instagram tales, in line with E! Information. “However why would anybody wish to be taken a video of? Of me? It’s not like of the each of us.”

“I don’t must justify it to anybody. If I don’t wish to be taken a video of, I don’t need to be,” she added.

However as Brown was paying, the fan continued and commenced filming her anyway.

“And I stated, ‘I’m a human being. Like, what extra can I ask from you?’ She stated, ‘So, I can’t take a video of a human being?’ And I stated, ‘No, not once I stated no.’

“It simply makes me upset when folks attempt to push the boundary. I want folks had been extra respectful.”

The English actress, who gained in a single day fame for her function as Eleven within the hit Netflix sequence, admitted she’s “nonetheless attempting to navigate this all and it’s nonetheless overwhelming.”

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Millie Bobby Brown breaks down whereas recounting an interplay with a fan.
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She ended with a message to her practically 40 million followers.

“I’m making this video to say you need to present extra respect for others, irrespective of who they’re, what they do,” she stated. “Present respect, human being to human being.”

Brown later wrote on Instagram that she was “completely nice now. However was emotional within the second as a result of I felt uncomfortable and disrespected.”

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Chris Kattan is up for ‘A Evening on the Roxbury’ sequel

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Chris Kattan is raring to star in a “Evening on the Roxbury” sequel regardless of saying final 12 months that he destroyed his friendship with Will Ferrell whereas filming the unique.

In his explosive 2019 memoir, Kattan claimed that “SNL” honcho Lorne Michaels pressured him to  have intercourse with the movie’s would-be director Amy Heckerling, which in the end put a pressure on his friendship with Ferrell. (An “SNL” spokesperson denied the accusation).

Nonetheless, Kattan, 50, instructed Web page Six in a brand new interview that working with the “Elf” star is “one of many coolest issues to do” and that he’s “a type of guys who’s simply as humorous off-screen as he’s on-screen.”

“I believe it’s a no brainer that it will be a enjoyable film to do, I believe,” he stated. “I don’t suppose it will be tough to be made and tough for it to make some huge cash. I might up for it. I believe it will be a variety of enjoyable.”

Kattan added that the 1998 cult traditional, starring Kattan and Ferrell as nightclub-obsessed brothers, “deserves” a sequel. 

Kattan has been busy throughout lockdown engaged on new initiatives and in addition binge-watching exhibits, with “90 Day Fiancé” being his clear favourite.

“Whenever you watch it, you can swear it’s written by David Mamet,” Kattan stated. “It’s that good, you possibly can’t consider how good the occasions are which can be unfolding in entrance of your very eyes … It’s so unhealthy that it’s good.” 

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