Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC’s struggling morning news show Today, may have a new job offer. Reports suggest Lauer is being considered as a replacement for Alex Trebek as host of the long-running game show, Jeopardy!.
Trebek has suffered repeated health scares, recently suffering a second heart attack, and is expected to retire from his game show hosting duties sometime in the next few years.
Sources say that Sony Pictures, producers of the lucrative game show, have reached out to Lauer to replace Trebek starting in the 2016 season.
Lauer has experienced steeply falling popularity on the set of Today, after the mishandling of the firing of co-host Ann Curry–an action that many assume Lauer helped initiate. In 2012, Lauer’s “Q Score,” an industry measure of popularity, took a sharp dive.
NBC’s Today has also suffered in the ratings ever since.
Another name under consideration to replace Trebek is CNN’s Anderson Cooper.