Who Should be the next host of Jeopardy?

The world lost a gem this week when longtime Jeopardy! host and everyone’s favorite Canadian import Alex Trebek passed away.

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In recent years the acronym G.O.A.T. has been used a lot in sports (Greatest Of All Time) and there is no doubt who the G.O.A.T. of game show hosts was.

But in regard to America’s favorite trivia game show, as the saying goes, the show must go on.

Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top Ten Suggestions For The Next Host Of Jeopardy!

10 Nick Offerman

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Mostly known for his role on Parks and Rec, Nick Offerman has a deadpan and quick comedic delivery that could easily transition from one obscure trivia category to another.

9 Jane Lynch

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“You know what the $200 question is? Cocaine! Know what the $400 question is? Cocaine!”

Sorry, I loved Jane Lynch in Role Models.

Lynch has already dipped her toe in the gameshow waters with Hollywood Game Night and the Weakest Link reboot.

8 Danny Pudi

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Probably the least recognized name on this list, Danny Pudi has appeared in multiple advertisements, shows and movies but is mostly known for his role as Abed Nadir on Community, where he has been nominated for multiple awards.

7 Ellen DeGeneres

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I’ve never actually seen her talk show, but I have watched Game of Games and thought she funny and very likable on that.

6 IBM’s Watson

IBM’s A.I. Watson has appeared multiple times on Jeopardy! and been referenced what feels like countless times. However the likelihood of Jeopardy! replacing the much beloved Trebek with a bot seems very unlikely…unless IBM offers so much coin the game show gets retitled “Jeopardy presented by IBM.”

5 Joel McHale

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Another Community alumni, Joel McHale is currently hosting the revival of the 70’s TV game show Card Sharks and Jeopardy would certainly be viewed as a ‘call up to the big leagues’ from that!

4 Anderson Cooper

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Host of his own show on CNN, Anderson Cooper is no stranger to prime time TV. Prior to researching for this article, I was unaware that he is member of the Vanderbilt fortune…err, I mean family.

3 Mayim Bialik

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Now we are getting to the more intellectual portion of the list. Blossom and Big Bang Theory veteran Mayim Bialik doesn’t just play a genius on TV, she also has Ph. D in Neuroscience from UCLA!

2 Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Neil Degrasse Tyson is no stranger to television and his lengthy resume represents a checklist of Ivy League universities and credentials. He is also just a unique guy and his Star Talk program is pretty entertaining as well.

1 Ken Jennings

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No surprise here for a couple reasons. Ken Jennings holds multiple Jeopardy! records, including highest earning contestant (of any American game show), longest win streak (74 wins) and highest average correct responses per game.

He has since parlayed his Jeopardy! fame into a successful career writing books about American trivia.

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Jennings is is also the only member of our list still attached to the show. In September 2020, he signed on as a consulting producer of Jeopardy! which puts him at the top of our list…even through he did lose to #6 on our list.

Honorable Mention 1: John Taffer

Just because it would be hilarious to hear Bar Rescue‘s John Taffer’s high-pitched screaming voice at every contestant’s wrong answer.

“Because you’re an idiot!” “Because you’re a moron!” “Because you’re lazy!” “What the hell is that even supposed to mean!?” “You should just put down the buzzer and leave right now…” “That’s it! Shut it down! Shut the whole damn show down right now!”

Honorable Mention 2: Steven Wright

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No logic for this one, I just think comedian Steven Wright’s deadpan delivery would be funny reading off the categories.

Who do you think will be Alex Trebek’s successor on Jeopardy! Let us know in the comments below!

5 Comments

  1. I’m so sad about Alex Trebek passing away. 😕 I’ve watched him on the shows since I was a little kid. It will be tough to replace him no matter what.

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  2. You have some fun and inspired ideas on here for who should be the next host of Jeopardy… although it’s just difficult to imagine anyone filling those shoes! Alex Trebek is an icon.

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