Who Should Be the Next Host of “Jeopardy!”?


A few of the names were predictable. Ken Jennings, the “Jeopardy!” champion who holds the longest winning streak on the show, would be the ideal choice, some fans said.

Other suggestions were more unusual. What about Rosie Perez, the charismatic actress who, in “White Men Can’t Jump,” played a trivia geek who was determined to get on the game show?

As fans mourned the longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who died at 80 on Sunday, they also began to speculate about who might replace him. Social media buzzed with suggestions and jokes about who should host the show, from mainstream options, like Mr. Jennings and the ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, to more jarring ones, like the brash comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan.

“He did say to me that he was keenly aware that the vast majority of hosts were white men,” she said. “And it would be wonderful if the next host of ‘Jeopardy!’ did not look like him.”

Ms. Perez’s turn as a “Jeopardy!” obsessive in “White Men Can’t Jump” (1992) remained memorable enough to spark support from several fans.

Mr. Rogan, the popular but divisive podcaster, was on the minds of some fans who said his unpolished persona would give the sober-minded quiz show a much-needed jolt.


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