Report: Matt Lauer a Contender to Take Over Major Game Show NY Post

With his position on NBC’s “Today” show increasingly under scrutiny and the focus of criticism, Matt Lauer’s name has come up in connection with another high-profile TV job.

Executives behind the thriving syndicated game show "Jeopardy!" are looking at Lauer as a potential replacement for longtime host Alex Trebek, reports the New York Post.

The increasingly unpopular host of "Today" is at the top of the list to take over from Trebek when he's expected to step down in 2016, the story says. Some think that Lauer won't be sticking around "Today" much longer, given that the NBC morning show has stumbled in the ratings.

Trebek has said he's thinking about retiring, although he has signed a three-year contract that will take him to age 76, the story says. He suffered his second heart attack last summer.

Sony Pictures Television, which owns “Jeopardy!,” is reportedly also considering Anderson Cooper for the hugely popular show, the story says.