Wednesday marks the halfway point for “Jeopardy!” guest host LeVar Burton. His highly anticipated week in the role is off to a strong start, with fans overwhelmingly supportive of his bid for the permanent job. He’s celebrating his episodes in style tonight, however, with some “Jeopardy!” themed sweets put together for him by a friend.
Burton posted a picture on Twitter of a pastry box full of what appear to be little frosted cakes that spell out the word “Jeopardy!” There are even a few additional treats that hint at the former “Reading Rainbow” star’s aspirations to become the next permanent host of the iconic game show.
One of the pastries had “Who is LeVar Burton?” written on top, with the next one in line reading “He’s the future host of Jeopardy.” Finally, the last two sport the iconic image of the “Daily Double.”
What better way to sit back, relax, and watch yourself host “Jeopardy!” than with a box full of show-appropriate desserts?
And based on the heartwarming interaction Burton’s daughter, Mica, shared on social media recently, the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star takes the episode viewings seriously. Apparently, he likes to analyze his own performance. The only way he’ll be able to put any of his takeaways into action, however, is if he’s offered the permanent job.
After a Nervous Debut, LeVar Burton Settled Right in on ‘Jeopardy!’
LeVar Burton’s debut episode was met with mostly positive feedback on Monday. He did seem visibly nervous at times, however. And that doesn’t come as much of a surprise. At least, it doesn’t if you’re at all familiar with how much the opportunity means to him.
“For me, my standard is excellence is so intense. My initial approach was to try and be as good as Alex was. Of course, I realized right away that that was an impossibility — the man had 37 years to perfect his mastery. I just went out there and tried to bring as much LeVar to the moment as I could,” Burton told Good Morning America recently.
Further, it’s not even just about him, the way he sees it. He’s keenly aware of how significant it would be for “Jeopardy!” to choose an African American man as the permanent replacement for Alex Trebek.
“It’s difficult to explain, but there’s something inside me that says this makes sense. I feel like this is what I’m supposed to do. I have been watching ‘Jeopardy!’ more or less every night of my life since Art Fleming was host. ‘Jeopardy!’ is a cultural touchstone, and for a black man to occupy that podium is significant,” Burton told The New York Times.
With that kind of weight on his shoulders, it’s no wonder he came off a little on-edge during his first episode. But since Monday, he’s looked right at home behind the podium.