Thousands Of People Petition To Have Levar Burton Host ‘Jeopardy!’

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Levar Burton is the one beloved host we wish to see take over ‘Jeopardy!’

First, let’s be clear: Absolutely nobody might ever actually substitute Alex Trebek. No one. But since Jeopardy! will, probably, go on as soon as all of Trebek’s pre-taped episodes air, a brand new host should be employed. And as a result of Trebek was so universally liked, hundreds of followers of the present are hoping one other beloved host will take over: LeVar Burton.

While it could possibly be argued that Burton is most well-known from his function as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a whole era of Burton followers know him from his tenure because the host of Reading Rainbow on PBS. For 21 seasons, Burton acquired children excited to learn books and use their imaginations, and for that alone, he’s a nationwide treasure.


According to a petition signed by virtually 60,000 folks and counting, Burton is your best option to get the gig. “Between hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing the brainiac engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: the Next Generation, and filling the roll of Kunta Kinte in the ever-important mini-series Roots, LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds,” the petition states.

After getting wind of the petition, Burton himself tweeted his gratitude to followers.

If it feels prefer it’s too quickly to debate Jeopardy!‘s future, that’s as a result of Trebek is completely synonymous with the present. After a prolonged battle with pancreatic most cancers, Trebek handed away Nov. 8. He hosted the favored quiz present from 1984 up till weeks earlier than he handed away peacefully at house on the age of 80.

While nothing official has come from the parents at Jeopardy!, Burton shared that he’s simply grateful his followers considered him as a risk.

After dealing with criticism of a scarcity of Black contestants on the present again within the mid-’90s, Trebek made a aware effort to change the screening check to recruit folks of shade and often characteristic classes about well-known Black folks.

“We are trying our darnedest to make America in general more aware of the accomplishments of Black people in this country,” he advised The Seattle Times on the time.

Burton, who has an enormous fan base and is admired in the identical manner Mister Rogers and Bob Ross are admired (PBS heroes are the true deal, y’all), would actually be the proper addition to the present.

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