‘Jeopardy!’: LeVar Burton Fires Back on Social Media Over Comment He Would Accept Job If Offered

by Joe Rutland
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A lot of “Jeopardy!” fans still might want LeVar Burton as a host. He’s moved on but do not call him out on social media.

Let’s break this down as Burton, whose acting roles include “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Roots,” spoke out. An article on The Grio reflected that Burton said in July that he’d moved along from wanting a spot. Turns out, he wasn’t even considered for the full-time role that went to Mike Richards.

And Outsiders, we all know what happened to Richards. (Psst, he’s no longer with “Jeopardy!” as host and executive producer).

Burton Said He Is No Longer Interested In Role With ‘Jeopardy!’ At All

Burton even shared his thoughts on not wanting the role during an appearance on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

“The crazy thing is that when you set your sights on something, you know, they say be careful of what you wish for because what I found out is that it wasn’t the thing that I wanted after all,” Burton said.

So, what moved Burton to chat about “Jeopardy!” on social media? Turns out Los Angeles Times staff writer Stephen Battaglio felt like he’d still take it if offered. He said so on Twitter as Battaglio commented after a Variety story shared Burton’s latest thoughts.

“Please. If offered, he would take it in a heartbeat,” he wrote. And what say you, LeVar? “No, Stephen, he wouldn’t!”

Los Angeles Times Reporter Finds Himself In Middle of Twitter Spat With Burton

Um, well Battaglio tried walking backward on his “Jeopardy!” comment.

“It was an opinion. I apologized to him and his fans. So let’s move on, OK,” he wrote.

Burton has his own “hold my beer” reply in his respectful way.

“No, Stephen… you don’t get a pass,” Burton wrote on Twitter. “You made erroneous assumptions about me and made them public. Throughout this entire ordeal I have done my utmost best to take the high road in spite of the amount of vitriol and bile some folks have felt it necessary to post on my timeline.”

How do we say this politely, Outsiders? Methinks LeVar scored a verbal victory in this issue around becoming a “Jeopardy!” host. The actor made his points clearly to Battaglio.

LeVar Burton has proven himself as an actor and advocate for reading books thanks to “Reading Rainbow.”

But the actor did say earlier how much he appreciated the support.

“I have said many times over these past weeks that no matter the outcome, I’ve won,” Burton said. “The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible! If love is the ultimate blessing and I believe that it is, I am truly blessed beyond measure.”

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