Report: Matt Lauer, Anderson Cooper Being Considered to Take Over ‘Jeopardy!’

by | March 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM | Jeopardy, The Today Show, TV News

Matt Lauer of "Today" (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)


For years, the “Today” show had a tradition of playing “Where in the world is Matt Lauer?” That answer could one day be: on “Jeopardy!

The New York Post reports that with Alex Trebek expected to retire in 2016, the famed game show will look to one of two famed newsmen to take over the show, Matt Lauer and Anderson Cooper.

Sources told the paper that Sony Pictures Television, which owns the syndicated “Jeopardy!,” is feeling out various TV personalities in recent months “to see who might be available and willing to take on the role in 2016, sources say.”

The paper’s insiders say that Lauer is now the preferred candidate, whether or not he is still with “Today,” but Cooper is also a strong contender and “likes the idea” of doing the show.

However, a lot can change. Final decisions are still at least a year-and-a-half away.