Alex Trebek hints 'Jeopardy' retirement could be coming

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek speaks as he is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on April 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Longtime "Jeopardy" game show host Alex Trebek is hinting at retirement. 

Speaking Monday on Fox News' "OBJECTified," the 78-year-old said he can see life without "Jeopardy." He said the odds are 50/50 that he won't return to the quiz show when his contract expires in 2020. 

He noted he'll be 80 then, and will have hosted the show since 1984. That's 36 years. 

Trebek says he'll continue if he's still enjoying it and "not making too many mistakes." But he also wants to make an "intelligent decision" when it's time to hang it up. 

He did hint, too, at what could become of "Jeopardy" after he moves on. He suggested two potential new hosts. 

Trebek says he suggested to the producer to consider Alex Faust, who does play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, as a replacement. He also suggested attorney and commentator Laura Coates.

Coates tweeted yesterday that she was "incredibly honored & humbled" to have heard Trebek suggested her. 

"Jeopardy" went on hiatus after Trebek underwent brain surgery late last year. 


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report