Will LeVar Burton observe the studying rainbow to a everlasting internet hosting gig?
There’s nobody who can really substitute Alex Trebek. The beloved authentic host of Jeopardy! is a legend, and the world remains to be very a lot mourning his passing final 12 months. But in his absence, the present has been filming its thirty seventh season with a revolving forged of visitor hosts, and this one has followers fairly dang excited: actor, director, educator, Reading Rainbow host and Jeopardy! superfan LeVar Burton will take a flip as host this summer season.
Vanity Fair studies that Burton could have a two-week stint that may air someday over the summer season, close to the top of the present’s thirty seventh season. And the Reading Rainbow alum is in some significantly good firm — CNBC’s David Faber and Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts are additionally slated to take turns as hosts this summer season.
But what’s totally different about Burton is how passionate he’s about this position. In an look on the USA Today podcast The Mothership on Friday, he spoke about his Jeopardy! goals.
“I feel as strongly about my rightness for this as I did about Kunta and Geordi,” he stated, referencing his iconic characters from Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation. “And I’m that invested in getting the job.”
He’s been everywhere speaking about it, telling BNC News, “I’ve had my eye on that job for a long time.”
— BNC (@BNCNews) April 10, 2021
A petition has collected greater than 200,000 signatures calling on the present’s producers to rent him.@vladduthiersCBS spoke with Burton, who says he is greater than able to tackle the gig. pic.twitter.com/0YfmZ4HVWn
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 9, 2021
Burton additionally has some fairly intense public assist. A Change.org petition has been circulating, calling for him to be made the everlasting new host of Jeopardy!, and it’s collected nearly 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 signatures thus far. When the individuals need one thing this a lot, you need to give the individuals what they need. Burton himself retweeted it and it’s simply good to see him realizing this long-held dream.
Leaving this right here within the occasion the powers that be are listening… https://t.co/xB3x8atDCv
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 6, 2021
On Twitter, Burton thanked his followers for his or her “passionate support,” which he says most likely helped him nab the visitor internet hosting job.
THANK YOU… to all y’all to your passionate assist! I’m overjoyed, excited, and desperate to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and can do my utmost greatest to dwell as much as your religion you in me. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go forward and take my phrase for it, this time. https://t.co/C7mZWMok2X
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 21, 2021
“THANK YOU… to all y’all for your passionate support! I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me,” he wrote. “YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time.”
Other Jeopardy! company hosts have included Katie Couric, Dr. Oz, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Anderson Cooper, who’s in the course of his internet hosting stint proper now. Still to come back are Savannah Guthrie, Sanjay Gupta, and Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik. While these are some spectacular names, we will’t assist however be just a bit additional enthusiastic about LeVar Burton.