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Retirement talk rubs Trebek the wrong way

Posted: 04/30/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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LOS ANGELES -- Speculation has been swirling recently that when Alex Trebek's contract is up in 2016, the long-running host of Jeopardy will finally retire.

But don't say that to Alex Trebek.

"Everybody's speculating on my retirement and I don't know why," Trebek said. "It's silly. Somebody asked me if I've given any thoughts to retiring. Well, yes, I've given thoughts to retiring, for crying out loud. I've been doing the show for 29 years. Why wouldn't I think about retiring? Everybody assumes from my having said that, that he's retiring. Well, no. I've been thinking about it. So allow me to think about it."

Reports recently speculated that Trebek would be stepping down at the end of the 2015-2016 season, when the host will be 76 years old. But according to Trebek, who is just 72 now, he's still enjoying the job and won't decide to quit until he feels he can't do it anymore.

"It'll probably happen very quickly," he said. "There won't be any fanfare. It'll be like the time I shaved my moustache on a whim. I'll just ask the director to leave me 20 or 30 seconds at the end of the program to say a few words and I'll say a few words and thank people and be on my way."

-- Los Angeles Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 30, 2013 C2

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