January 19, 2009 / 3:44 AM / 10 years ago

Alex Trebek getting political for Canada TV show

Alex Trebek, host of the game show "Jeopardy" poses as he arrives at the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Hollywood, California April 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moonlight on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as host of the reality competition series “Canada’s Next Prime Minister.”

The Ontario native, who got his start at the public broadcaster, will share the stage March 18 with three former prime ministers as they field pitches from four would-be politicos before choosing a winner.

Last month, the CBC got into hot water after admitting to breaking contestant recruitment rules and contacting political organizations to invite young former political candidates to compete on the series.

The CBC has sold “Canada’s Next Prime Minister” as a format to the BBC.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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