ABC News anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosAuthor of controversial Trump Russia dossier speaks out: 'I stand by the work we did' Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews Yellen confident of minimum global corporate tax passage in Congress MORE said Wednesday during an interview with radio host Howard Stern that he would not be opposed to taking over as the next host of "Jeopardy!" but said anyone who takes the gig after longtime host Alex Trebek will have "big shoes to fill."
Stephanopoulos joined Stern's SiriusXM show primarily to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and his testing positive for COVID-19 last month before Stern broached the possibility of one day taking over hosting duties for "Jeopardy!"
“I think it would be a lot of fun,” the "Good Morning America" host replied. “But I like what I’m doing too.”
“You’ve got the intellectual capacity,” Stern said, before later adding, "It’s a show that wouldn’t damage your reputation. There is a certain gravitas. It’s for brighter people. It would make you look good.”
"It’s a great show," Stephanopoulos agreed while underscoring he would have "big shoes to fill."
Stephanopoulos tested positive for coronavirus in April but didn't show any symptoms. His wife, actress Ali Wentworth, also tested positive. The couple lives in New York, the epicenter of the United States' coronavirus outbreak.
Trebek, 79, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2019 but has continued to host "Jeopardy" despite undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy treatment, announcing in March that he was "very happy to report" he had reached the one-year survival rate.
The longtime host recently announced plans to release a memoir, "The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life" in July. The book will come one day before his 80th birthday.