More and more people are coming to the same conclusion on who would be the ideal new host of the venerable quiz show, and it is someone familiar to Star Trek fans too.
LeVar wants the Jeopardy! podium
Last November we reported on the online call for Star Trek: The Next Generation star LeVar Burton to be hired as the new host of Jeopardy!, following the passing of longtime host Alex Trebek. Burton, who is also known to many as the host of the PBS educational series Reading Rainbow, has made no secret of his interest in the gig, including saying: “I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life to occupy the Jeopardy! host podium.”
The online petition calling for Burton to be tapped for the job has reached over 175,000 signatures. This week Burton has continued amplifying the message on social media. He has been joined by other celebrities, including his TNG co-star Jonathan Frakes, sending the message “LeVar Burton should be the next host of Jeopardy!” Other Trek celebs joining in include Bryan Fuller, Anson Mount, and George Takei.
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) April 6, 2021
I think LeVar Burton should host Jeopardy! As Geordi La Forge. And the buzzers should be phasers. And Data should be the judge. And it should be in space. And just be Star Trek.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 7, 2021
All of this buzz over Burton has him trending today on Twitter and Reddit. A number of other media outlets are reporting on the Burton campaign, including The New York Post, Salon, Huffington Post, The Hill, E!, Newsweek, and ABC’s Good Morning America.
Since returning to the air following Trebek’s final shows, Jeopardy! has had a series of guest hosts, including Ken Jennings, Mike Richards, Katie Couric, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Ratings for the show have been dropping, with Dr. Oz garnering the worst ratings along with controversy over being chosen in the first place. The current guest host is Aaron Rodgers, who will be followed by Anderson Cooper, Mayim Bialik, Bill Whitaker, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Sony has not yet announced if they will continue with more guest hosts past the summer; nor have they confirmed a timetable for when they will name a new permanent host.
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