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Alex Trebek hints at ‘Jeopardy!’ retirement. Will BYU grad Ken Jennings replace him?

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FILE - this Oct. 22, 2007 file photo shows game show host Alex Trebek at the 17th annual Broacasting and Cable Hall of Fame awards dinner in New York. Trebek remains in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from a mild heart attack. But Sony Pictures Televisi

FILE - this Oct. 22, 2007 file photo shows game show host Alex Trebek at the 17th annual Broacasting and Cable Hall of Fame awards dinner in New York. Trebek remains in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from a mild heart attack. But Sony Pictures Television spokeswoman Paula Askanas said Monday, June 25, 2012 that Trebek is “up and about and in good spirits” while doctors complete their tests. He has been moved to a regular room, she said. The 71-year-old Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

Peter Kramer, KRAPE

SALT LAKE CITY — Answer: Alex Trebek, the longtime host of “Jeopardy!,” might retire in this specific year when his contract ends.

What is 2020?

That seems to be the plan, according to Trebek, who recently told TMZ’s Harvey Levin during Fox News Channel’s “OBJECTified” show.

He said there’s a “50-50 (chance) and a little less” that he won’t return to the show when his contract expires in 2020.

Trebek started hosting the show in 1984. He took a brief medical leave earlier this year following brain surgery last December, according to USA Today.

Trebek named a few replacement ideas, including NHL announcer Alex Faust.

“I mentioned to our producer not so long ago that the fellow that does play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings — they should consider him,” he told Levin.

Faust celebrated when named as a potential replacement.

When asked about a potential female host, Trebek threw CNN legal analyst Laura Coates' name in the ring.

Coates said she was “incredibly honored” to be named a potential replacement.

Two other notable names nominated themselves for the coveted position, including LeVar Burton and BYU graduate and “Jeopardy!” veteran Ken Jennings.

Still, there’s no confirmation Trebek will leave the show when his contract ends. Trebek has previously hinted at retirement before ultimately re-signing with the show, according to The Huffington Post.