While searching for a permanent Jeopardy! host, LeVar Burton was one of the top contenders and openly voiced his enthusiasm at the idea. After hearing he landed a job hosting another game show, Jeopardy! fans are voicing their reactions.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed LeVar Burton will in fact host a Trivial Pursuit game show. Jeopardy! fans took to Reddit after hearing the news and gave their thoughts. In a post titled “Former guest host LeVar Burton will host a new “Trivial Pursuit” game show in development,” general consensus seems to be happiness for him.
The original poster starts things off, saying “good for him, and hopefully it’ll be a high-quality trivia show that can complement jeopardy.” Most of the comments share the poster’s mentality, but some have some grievances.
One of the newer comments notes Burton flip-flopping with wanting to host Jeopardy! and then not wanting the job. “It’s hard for me to be happy for him because his antics with Jeopardy have turned me off so much. Last Friday, he tweeted ‘Keep my name out of Jeopardy’ like he didn’t spend the last several years publicly campaigning for the host position, only to perform disastrously once given the opportunity.”
Another commenter chimed in saying something similar and they hope the new game show fits him better, noting “jeopardy was not a good fit at all.”
Little is known about the Trivial Pursuit show other than it being produced by Hasbro and Entertainment One.
LeVar Burton Says He Would Now Turn Down a Permanent ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosting Position
Though LeVar Burton heavily campaigned to be the new Jeopardy! host, it appears his tune has changed. In a recent interview, he now says he would turn away a hosting position on the legendary game show.
The Daily Beast spoke to Burton about several subjects, including going to space and his new book. When asked about Jeopardy! and what he would do if they offered him a position, Burton’s reaction may surprise you. “I’d say, ‘No. You’ve got to be kidding me! You’re out of your mind. Goodbye!” He then said he would hang up on them.
Elaborating, Burton stated “I want to make it clear, for the record, that I’m really happy with the way things worked out. I was disappointed to not get the job, but I’m the sort of person, I believe that everything happens for a reason. And if I didn’t get that job, that meant it wasn’t supposed to be for me, and I accepted that almost instantly and willingly.”
He then noted the opportunities presented to him now likely wouldn’t have happened had he been offered the Jeopardy! job. Concluding, he said things worked out for the best.