NEW YORK – On May 13, Greek-American ABC News chief anchor and Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos visited Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show where Stern suggested Stephanopoulos as Alex Trebek’s successor as host of the popular TV game show Jeopardy, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) reported, noting that Trebek is currently battling cancer.
“The first thing I said was ‘George Stephanopoulos’ and everyone went, ‘That ain’t crazy.’ You’ve got the intellectual capacity,” Stern said, THR reported.
Stephanopoulos did not dismiss the idea if the job was offered to him, but said that “his family plays along at home and his daughters were excited by Stern’s suggestion,” THR reported.
“I think it would be a lot of fun, but I like what I’m doing too,” Stephanopoulos said, adding that “I am not going to be Shermanesque about it. It’s a great show. It’s very flattering. Big shoes to fill,” THR reported.
“Stern joked that Stephanopoulos was ‘dancing on Alex Trebek’s grave’ but said in seriousness he believed the newsman could do both jobs,” THR reported.
“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,” Stern told Stephanopoulos, THR reported.