GMA’s George Stephanopoulos says it would be ‘fun’ to be next Jeopardy! host if cancer-stricken Alex Trebek steps down – The Sun
GOOD MORNING America's George Stephanopoulos said it would be 'fun' to be the next Jeopardy! host.
The ABC news correspondent would step up to the role if cancer-stricken Alex Trebek stepped down.
In an interview with Howard Stern's SiriusXM show, the 59-year-old said he would be up for the task.
Howard Stern told him: "The first thing I said was 'George Stephanopoulos' and everyone went, 'That ain’t crazy.'
"You’ve got the intellectual capacity."
Though George wasn't super eager, he didn't deny it'd be an interesting role to add to his resume.
He told Howard: "I think it would be a lot of fun, but I like what I’m doing too.
"It’s a great show … It’s very flattering. Big shoes to fill."
George also admitted that he was delighted by the suggestion as he loves to watch the show with his two daughters and wife, actress Ali Wentworth.
Stern concluded his theory and told him: "It’s a show that wouldn’t damage your reputation.
"There is a certain gravitas. It’s for brighter people. It would make you look good."
George and his wife, Ali, have both recently overcome the coronavirus as they quarantine in the Hamptons.
Ali was the first one to test positive for the highly contagious virus and she remained in quarantine while suffering from some intense symptoms.
Her husband ended up testing positive for the virus as well but unlike his wife, he had no symptoms.
Howard thought of George as a good replacement for Alex as the longtime game show host has been battling with stage four pancreatic cancer since 2019.
In March, one year after announcing the diagnosis, Alex shared an emotional message about his journey.
He said: "I'd be lying if I said that the journey was an easy one.
"There were some good days but a lot of not so good days.
"I joked with friends that the cancer won't kill me – the chemo treatments will."
He continued: "There were moments of great pain, days where certain bodily functions no longer function and sudden, massive attacks of depression that made me wonder if it was really fighting on.
"But I brushed that aside quickly because that would have been a massive betrayal.
"A betrayal of my wife and soulmate, Jean, who has given her all to help me survive."
He continued: "It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients, who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts of the value of living and hope."
Alex added: "And it would have certainly been a betrayal of my faith in God and the millions of prayers that have been said in my behalf."
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