“I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me… then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success,”’ he said. “And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”
Trebek, who has hosted the popular game show since 1984, announced in March 2018 that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He has said in the past that he will stay “as long as my skills have not diminished.”
However, the 79-year-old famed TV personality told Strahan, 48, that the process had already begun. Trebek did not specify what he meant.
If there is a target date for his exit, Trebek isn’t letting on. “Jeopardy!” tapes each show weeks in advance.
Trebek and his wife, Jean, sat down for the interview to promote a special tournament featuring three of the show’s best and most well-known contestants: Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.
The tournament starts airing on Tuesday.