Alex Trebek had a pretty good idea of who he wanted to succeed him as host Danger!, but that option was not seriously considered by the program’s manufacturers. Attorney and CNN Legal Analyst Laura Coates, host The Laura Coates Show on SiriusXM, caught Trebek’s attention long ago Danger! host’s departure in 2020. In 2018, Trebek personally named Coates as one of his choices for who could be the next host of the program after he left.
“There is a lawyer, Laura Coates. She is an African-American and she appears from time to time on some of the cable news programs. Very bright, very personal, ”said Trebek TMZ. He mentioned Coates’ name again in 2019 as a good candidate along with Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Alex Faust and TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, but Trebek also predicted that the next host “will probably be a woman.”
“I was actually as shocked as anyone else when he first said it… and I was excited when he said my name,” Coates now says of Trebek’s approval in a new interview with Tamron Hall. “I thought, ‘My God. This person I’ve watched all my life, even knows my name who even thinks I’m worthy enough to fill his shoes that honestly can not be filled? ‘ And I was honored by that and had a chance to thank him. ”
After Trebek’s death, a series of hosts were brought in to fill in temporarily until a permanent replacement could be selected. With Trebek’s endorsement in hand, Coates volunteered to serve as one of the guest hosts. As she explains, this offer was not made by the Danger! team, and Coates could not join the other celebrities hired for the performance, such as Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, George Stephanopoulos and Bill Whitaker.
“I asked for the opportunity when it came time, when they were looking for people to possibly fill out,” Coates says. “I definitely put my hand up and knocked on doors and found them closed. And I asked for the opportunity. I was saying ‘no’. What is one of those moments where you have to remember to wear your own sweater? “You have to remember to continue to be your own champion in other ways and sometimes the vision you have for yourself, or the one that surprises you – other people – is not in line with what happened and what happened there.”
Looking back humorously at the situation, Coates added, “I tell you, with the work I do now, do you know how much easier my life would be if I had the answers beforehand?”
A permanent danger! Host still not officially named
The big bang theory star Mayim Bialik and well-known contestant Ken Jennings also served as two of the guest hosts. They now fill in as the only two hosts of the program on a rotating basis for the foreseeable future. A permanent host has not been officially announced following what happened to executive producer Mike Richards.
After the series of guest hosts did their part, Richards announced that he would personally step in as the next permanent host of Danger!. It got a quick setback before Richards stepped down from the post and was fired as producer. Bialik said she is ready to accept the position permanently, but perhaps the remaining manufacturers really want to take their time before going with another official announcement.
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