Speaking to Tamron Hall on her talk show earlier this week, Coates said she “asked for the opportunity, when it came time, when they were looking for people to possibly fill in.” However, she was turned down.
Coates was put forward as a potential successor by Trebek, who hosted game show “Jeopardy!” for 36 years before his death from pancreatic cancer in November 2020.
“I actually was as shocked as anyone else was when he first said it,” Coates said of Trebek’s comments, adding that she had never met him.
“I was thrilled when he said my name,” Coates said, adding that she was “honored” that Trebek thought she was worthy enough to fill his shoes — “which frankly can’t be filled.”
Trebek made the comments in a July 2018 interview with TMZ, and also said he had suggested hockey commentator Alex Faust to his producer.
Coates said that she wanted to be considered as a host when the show was looking for people, but she was snubbed.
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SOURCE: CNN, Jeevan Ravindran