I’ll Take #MelaninMagic For $800: ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Nominates Laura Coates For His Replacement

August 4, 2018  |  

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Although Alex Trebek still manages to give me Canadian silver fox Zaddy realness as host of beloved trivia game, Jeopardy!, the 78-year-old recently announced that he might be parting ways with the game show he’s hosted literally all my life since 1984. Trebek’s contract expires in 2020 and last week on FOX News Channel he revealed to TMZ’s Harvey Levin that there’s a “50/50 [chance] and a little less” that he will return to his hosting duties after that time. However, Trebek does have a few people in mind that he could see inheriting the task of unveiling those “Daily Doubles” and one of the folks he has in mind would bring a little bit of #BlackGirlMagic to living rooms every evening.

In an interview with TMZ, Trebek shared he could see legal analyst Laura Coates as next in line to stand at the Jeopardy! podium. Coates is a former prosecutor, a professor at George Washington University, a CNN legal analyst, and a SiriusXM host. She tweeted her thoughts on the nomination saying Jeopardy! was a part of her childhood right along with he rest of the world:

Coates also shared that the popularity she’s gained from Trebek’s endorsement is a little surreal:

Coates, a Minnesota native, is a graduate of University of Minnesota’s law school as well as a lecturer at George Washington University. The self-proclaimed “edutainer” received her undergrad degree from Princeton University and eventually became a federal prosecutor. She also published a book on knowing your privileges when it comes to the law titled You Have The Right: A Constitutional Guide To Policing The Police. On her Sirius XM show “The Laura Coates Show” she prides herself on drawing an “engaged audience with a lively discussion on the intersections of politics, law, and pop culture in a way that highlights her intelligence, humor, charisma and … antics.” She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.

Trebek also mentioned he could see Alex Faust, an announcer for the LA Kings hockey team filling his shoes, but after over thirty years maybe it’s time we get some #BlackGirlMagic in Jimmy Choo while contestants risk it all in Final Jeopardy.

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