‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Are Calling for Levar Burton to Replace Alex Trebek

by Chris Haney

Recently, actor and television host Levar Burton once again acknowledged his interest in becoming Alex Trebek‘s replacement on Jeopardy!.

Following the longtime game show host’s death in November, Jeopardy! has moved forward using interim hosts. First, former champion Ken Jennings filled the role for a few weeks. Currently, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards is at the helm of the fan-favorite game show.

Next week the show will begin its run of celebrity guest hosts. However, there’s one celebrity that hasn’t been lined up to host the show yet that fans are clamoring for. Fans think Levar Burton would be a perfect Jeopardy! host and they want the show to give him a chance.

Burton has received tons of support online from fans wanting Jeopardy! to give him a shot at the hosting gig. Additionally, the former Reading Rainbow host has hinted at his own interest in the position on multiple occasions. On Sunday, he retweeted a fan’s support of him taking over as Jeopardy! host. He added a GIF of himself from his Star Trek days giving a thumbs up to the fan’s suggestion.

Furthermore, the fan is far from alone in her wanting Burton to take over as host. Following Trebek’s death, a fan began a petition on Change.org to have Burton take the job. As of March 1, the Change.org petition has nearly 115,000 signatures.

“Levar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds,” the petition says.

Even before Trebek passed away, Burton shared his interest in hosting Jeopardy!. He posted on Twitter saying that he felt like he’d been preparing for the role his whole life.

“Not gonna lie, I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life to occupy the Jeopardy host podium when Alex retires,” Burton tweeted.

‘Jeopardy!’ Welcoming QB Aaron Rodgers as Guest Host

Jeopardy! showrunners have multiple celebrities scheduled to guest host in the near future. They include guest hosts like Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik. But for now, journalist Katie Couric will host from March 8-19, Dr. Mehmet Oz from March 22-April 2, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from April 5-16.

The 37-year-old will host 10 episodes of Jeopardy! as one of a series of special guest hosts. By the time it’s Rodgers’ turn to take the reins, the Super Bowl champion will be the show’s fifth interim host.

Aaron Rodgers’ connection with the game show is well documented – as a fan at home and as a participating contestant. In 2015, he won an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! and has talked about his love for the game show multiple times. Rodgers recently announced that he would be involved with the game show once again while speaking with Pat McAfee on his sports talk show.

“One of my idols growing up was Alex Trebek,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show. “Being able to be on Jeopardy! years ago, even though my outfit wasn’t the greatest choice … they’re doing some guest hosting spots, and it’s going to be released here pretty soon, but I have the opportunity to be one of those. I’m excited about that opportunity with Jeopardy!.”