No one will ever replace Alex Trebek as the host of Jeopardy!. Those shoes are just too big to fill. However, some people are more qualified for the job than others and the show must go on.
Since November, several guest-hosts have stepped up to the legendary lectern and gave the position their all. Fans have been vocal about who they liked and who they didn’t. For instance, many Jeopardy! viewers are on-board with Ken Jennings being the full-time host. At the very least, they enjoyed his turn as guest-host. On the other hand, Mehmet Oz’s two-week stint made several viewers change the channel. There is one man that a large portion of the show’s faithful fanbase would love to see as host, though. That man is LeVar Button.
Fans of the show and Burton started a petition to get the actor and educator behind the lectern. That’s how he found out about the possibility of being the Jeopardy! host. Since then, he has been gunning for the job. Burton feels that he is the right man for the position. Hardly anyone can disagree with that.
While many people know him from his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation, many others know him from his more educational show. Jeopardy! fans of a certain age remember Burton as the man who helped to spark their love of reading in his most impactful role. He was the host of Reading Rainbow. His history as an education advocate makes him a great fit for the job.
Until this morning, it seemed like Jeopardy! showrunners were ignoring the most obvious choice for guest-host. However, earlier today, they announced the names of those who would help finish out the current season of the show. Thankfully, LeVar Burton’s name is on that list.
New Crop of Jeopardy! Hosts Announced Today
The official Jeopardy! Instagram account dropped the list earlier today and fans are beyond excited.
That list contains LeVar Burton as well as several other big names. Bill Whitaker from 60 Minutes, Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie of Today Show fame, sportscaster Joe Buck, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta round out the list. They will take turns standing behind the Jeopardy! lectern until the end of the current season.
However, a quick look at the comments on that Instagram post will tell you all you need to know about what the fans are thinking. Most of the Jeopardy! fans on the post are celebrating the fact that LeVar Burton will finally be getting a crack at the hosting position.
Now, one big question remains. Who will be the permanent Jeopardy! host? If you’re listening to the internet, the choice is down to two people: Ken Jennings and LeVar Burton. Only time will tell who will permanently take the position.