“Jeopardy!” has announced new dates for its next round of celebrity guest hosts. Following NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will take the reigns from Apr. 19 to 30. After Cooper, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker will pick up the hosting baton from May 3-14.
Later, former “Big Bang” star Mayim Bialik will take over from May 31 until June 11. Also slated to host is “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and CNN’s medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. However, the show has yet to announce Guthrie and Gupta’s hosting dates.
In addition, more celebrities have recently come out looking for a turn to step behind the country’s most iconic lectern. Former “Reading Rainbow” host and “Star Trek” cast member LeVar Burton has also made it known that he wants to host “Jeopardy!”
Burton, a host on the childhood series for over 20 years, tweeted a petition to his fans, signed by more than 200,000 people who favor seeing him host. In addition, fellow celebrities also tweeted out their support of Burton. Legendary actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke shared the petition with his followers Wednesday via Twitter.
Celebrities Announce Their Support for Levar Burton to Host ‘Jeopardy!’
On Tuesday, late-night host Stephen Colbert also tweeted his support, referencing Burton’s “Star Trek” character he played for seven years.
In Feb., “Jeopardy!” Executive producer and a former guest host himself, Mike Richards, spoke about selecting the lucky individuals who step behind the lectern. “This is people who love this game, and their respect for Alex is off the charts,” he said. “That’s how we went about it: Who would feel a connection? Who has the unique talents? Because it’s so hard to host the show, as I can tell you having hosted five series myself.”
However, the show may have already found its permanent host. Aaron Rodgers, who’s hosted for a total of five episodes, has received rave reviews from fans. Now, many are calling for the show to name him Alex Trebek’s successor.
“I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job,” Rodgers told The Ringer about booking the gig full time. “I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me…178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure.”