'Jeopardy!' Champs Say Host Alex Trebek is 'Irreplaceable'

January 6, 2020

What is irreplaceable?

That’s the answer Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two contestants taking part in Tuesday’s “Greatest of All Time” episode of "Jeopardy!," offered up to TMZ when asked who would make a good replacement for longtime host, Alex Trebek.

Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Though he doesn’t have any desire to hang up his hosting duties yet, he alluded to doing so if he can no longer carry the torch.

The 79-year-old television host also revealed that he practiced how he’d wrap up his tenured run when the day finally came.

In an ABC interview with Michael Strahan, Trebek said he will request the director to leave him 30 seconds at the end of the show.

“I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me... then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success,''' he said. "And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”

TMZ caught up the Jennings and Rutter, two of the biggest contestants in “Jeopardy!” history, as they were on their way to do some press for the “G.O.A.T” episode that will find them facing off against each other and bold and risky newcomer, James Holzhauer.

When the multi-night tournament was announced, Trebek told USA Today, “When James had his run last year, a lot of people were wondering, well how would he do against Ken Jennings? How would he do against Brad Rutter? (They’re) our two most successful players in "Jeopardy!" history. These three players have won close to $10 million in ‘Jeopardy!’ prize money and over 100 games among them, so it was logical.”

The tournament will air two back-to-back games weeknights at 8 EST/PST starting Jan. 7, marking the first prime time airing of the original “Jeopardy!” in 30 years.

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