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Alex Trebek To Retire From Jeopardy; Trebek Says He Likely Won't Renew Contract In 2016

By Staff Writer | May 09, 2013 02:20 PM EDT

Alex Trebek may be having his "Final Jeopardy" fairly soon. Trebek, who has hosted Jeopardy! for the last 29 years, said he is almost positive he will not renew his contract when it expires in 2016. Jeopardy! has remained the top rated quiz show on TV since 1984 and has allowed Trebek to earn multiple Daytime Emmy awards. Although no plans have been finalized, Trebek will be 75 years old when his contract expires and he indicated that he has been thinking more about retirement.

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"I suspect this might be my last contract," said Trebek. "I'm not going to go on forever. My contract expires in 2016. There is a time for all things and my time may be coming."

Anderson Cooper and Matt Lauer have already been touted as possible replacements for the host spot when Trebek steps down. No talks have been made on that front, but he believes that either man would do a great job.

"It's just a question of whether they would want to and enjoy it. Both men are a lot younger than I am and it's a pretty static format, even though the guests and clues change, which keeps it exciting. If Matt Lauer would come over to Jeopardy!, I'd be happy to take over his job on Today" Trebek said.

Trebek said he plans to have a low-key retirement ceremony that will likely be limited to the last 20 or 30 seconds of his final show. In his retirement, he plans to continue his charity work and even take an oil-drilling course. He also indicated that he wouldnt mind doing a weekly talk show.

Last month, Trebek expressed annoyance at the retirement rumors and said he had no plans to step down for the foreseeable future.

"Everybody's speculating on my retirement and I don't know why," Trebek told the Los Angeles Times. "It's silly. Somebody asked me if I've given any thoughts to retiring. Well, yes, I've given thoughts to retiring, for crying out loud. I've been doing the show for 29 years. Why wouldn't I think about retiring? Everybody assumes from my having said that, that he's retiring. Well, no. I've been thinking about it. So allow me to think about it."

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