After actively campaigning for a spot, LeVar Burton has got his wish: the actor and former Star Trek: The Next Generation star has been named as one of the upcoming guest hosts for the brainy game show Jeopardy!
This former Star Trek actor will be guest-hosting Jeopardy!
The venerable gameshow Jeopardy! has featured a series of guest hosts since the passing of longtime host Alex Trebek in late 2020. And today the list of the five guest hosts for the rest of the season was announced, and it includes LeVar Burton.
Burton quickly took to Twitter to express his thanks to everyone who has supported his dream of hosting Jeopardy!.
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. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time. https://t.co/C7mZWMok2X
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 21, 2021
“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,” executive producer and one-time guest host Mike Richards said in a statement. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the rest of the season with our viewers.”
Who is LeVar Burton?
Burton has made no secret of his desire for the chance at the Jeopardy! podium, including promoting a fan petition campaign, doing media interviews, and amplifying the support he was getting from some celebrities. In 2020 before Trebek’s passing he tweeted out “Not gonna lie, I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life to occupy the Jeopardy! host podium when Alex retires.”
LeVar Burton has earned 13 Emmy Awards over his lifetime, along with a Peabody Award and a Grammy Award. He is known to a whole generation as the host of the PBS series Reading Rainbow. He also hosts his own podcast, LeVar Burton Reads. He is even a Jeopardy! veteran. In 1995 he was a contestant on a celebrity edition of Jeopardy! and he won.
Burton’s stint as guest host will run from July 26, to July 30, 2021, following Robin Roberts and preceding David Faber.
There is no timetable for when a permanent guest host will be announced, but surely Burton will be ready for the call.
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