LeVar Burton is a popular name these days and Jeopardy! officials took notice of his enormous fans base in making him an upcoming guest host.
Since the passing of Jeopardy! legend Alex Trebek, the show has had a rotating door behind the host’s podium. Knowing that Trebek’s shoes are too large to fill, Jeopardy! producers are using celebrities as hosts to keep the show moving forward. The post has seen some big names like Ken Jennings, Katie Couric and Aaron Rodgers take on the job. Others joining them on the prestigious list are Dr. Mehmet Oz, Mike Richards and Anderson Cooper, who currently has the Jeopardy! reigns. There other big names who will also receive a turn as Jeopardy! host. Bill Whitaker, Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are all on the show’s schedule.
On Wednesday, Jeopardy! officials revealed the names that will close out hosting duties for the 37th season. The list is a “who’s who” of iconic television names but one particular name has drawn the most excitement. Jeopardy! took to social media on Wednesday to reveal the list of upcoming celebrity guest hosts.
“We can finally tell you!” the Instagram post proclaims. “Here is the final group of guest hosts to close out season 37: Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Faber, Joe Buck and LeVar Burton!”
Jeopardy! Fans Vouch for LeVar Burton to Get Job
The post, which also appears on the Jeopardy! Twitter account, was immediately flooded with thousands of comments. While fans are excited about the entire list, it is LeVar Burton who they most want to see. A great majority of the comments are geared toward Burton’s selection with many suggesting he should get the permanent position.
“LeVar Burton taught us to love to read, and now he’s gonna school you in being dumb,” a poster writes. “Absolutely best choice.”
Other Twitter users say the final selection should come down to Burton and Jennings for the position.
“Let’s just skip to LeVar Burton and argue over him or Ken Jennings as the permanent replacement,” another poster says.
Burton was a hot name when Jeopardy! officials announced they would be turning to celebrities for host duties. When he didn’t make the first round cut, his fans went to work. They started a petition to get Burton a shot at the gig. The petition was a huge success as it took in nearly 250,000 signers as of Thursday.
It isn’t yet known when the former “Reading Rainbow” star will begin his tenure, but Jeopardy! fans couldn’t be happier.