Alex Trebek on who will succeed him as 'Jeopardy' host: 'It's probably going to be a woman'

It's hard for us to imagine anyone but Alex Trebek hosting "Jeopardy," but Trebek's been imagining it himself.

Although Trebek, 78, has signed on to continue hosting at least through 2022, he's given real consideration to his potential successor after 35 years on the air. And he's pretty confident that it won't be a Trebek mini-me.

“It’s probably going to be a woman, somebody younger, somebody bright, somebody personable, somebody with a great sense of humor,” he said this week at the 92nd Street Y.

A few options he'd give a thumbs-up? CNN legal analyst Laura Coates is one of his top picks, and he's also a fan of Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz and LA Kings announcer Alex Faust.

Trebek has brought up Faust before, saying on Fox News' "OBJECTified" in July 2018 that he's passed the suggestion along to executives.

"I mentioned to our producer not so long ago that the fellow that does play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings, they should consider him,” Trebek said at the time.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Martin at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for NATAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: TV host Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Currivan Trebek attend the celebratory dinner after the special tribute to Sophia Loren during the AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at Dolby Theatre on November 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. on November 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Jean Trebek (L) and TV personality Alex Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: TV personality Alex Trebek (L) and Jean Trebek attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: TV personality Alex Trebek (R) and Jean Trebek arrive at the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's 19th Annual 'Taste For A Cure' at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 19: Alex Trebek (R) and Jean Currivan Trebek arrive at the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Alex Trebek and wife Jean Currivan attend Hollywood Stars Night Thoroughbred Horse Race on June 22, 1990 at Hollywood Park in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alex Trebek and wife Jean Currivan attend the opening of 'Jackie Mason - Brand New' on May 30, 1990 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Trebek has spoken candidly about his eventual retirement, recently confirming that once he does step away from "Jeopardy," he won't then kick off a brand-new career.

"People have been wondering if I was going to retire for years, but if I wanted to really try something new, it would be acting," he said. "Do I want to be in that kind of grind? Obviously I don't, since I haven't done anything about it. I have a simple philosophy about things like this: If you really wanted it, you would have done something about trying to get it."

Trebek has hosted "Jeopardy" since the show in its current format debuted in 1984.

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