‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host LeVar Burton Reveals His Optimism for Landing Full Time Hosting Gig

by Joe Rutland

LeVar Burton, this week’s “Jeopardy!” guest host, was all in on the chance to take his best shot at getting the job on a full-time basis.

In some ways, Burton took on an Outsider mentality and went for what he wanted. Ahead of his first “Jeopardy!” show appearing on Monday, he talked about how his optimism helped him in an article with The Seattle Times.

“I am a preternaturally optimistic person,” Burton said to an Associated Press reporter. “Look, if I don’t get this job, will it be devastating to me? No. I mean, it will hurt, I’ll be disappointed.

“And I’ll be fine because what I know about my life is that which is supposed to be for me comes my way,” Burton said. “And that which is not mine, doesn’t.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Proud That He Went For Job on the Show

What Burton, known for his work on “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” pointed out in the interview was the most important thing to him.

“The most important thing is that I went for it and my passion was rewarded,” he said of the “Jeopardy!” chance. “I got what I wanted, which was an opportunity to compete for the job. If I don’t get the gig, it’s not immaterial, but it certainly is secondary. I got what I was after. The chance — get me in the room.”

Burton definitely had a lot of support from people all over the United States. Letters were sent calling for him to be given a chance to host “Jeopardy!”. He did not make his desire to want the spot held for many seasons by the late Alex Trebek a secret. Additionally, an online petition pushing for Burton received thousands of signatures.

Any Final Decision On Next Full-Time Host Rests In Mike Richards’ Hands

Starting on Monday, “Jeopardy!” fans can get their eyeballs on Burton in the host position. They can then make up their minds on whether or not Burton should get the full-time role. Any final decision rests in the hands of executive producer Mike Richards, who also took a turn as guest host this season.

“Jeopardy!” fans will just have to wait and see what happens.

After Burton finishes up his week, CNBC contributor David Faber and Fox Sports sportscaster Joe Buck will take their turns as guest hosts of the game show.

Now a lot of this game show’s fans are only familiar with Trebek as the host. When “Jeopardy!” originally ran on NBC in the 1960s, Art Fleming hosted the show. He stayed on as host of the show throughout its run on the network. Entrepreneur and talk-show host Merv Griffin created the show himself.