There are few people still living who fit the Jeopardy! brand better than LeVar Burton. His acting credits go all the way back to the mid-70s and include titles such as Roots and Star Trek. However, fans of a certain age remember Burton from the PBS show that he hosted starting in 1983. He hosted Reading Rainbow for its entire run. That show helped inspire kids to read and learn.
However, his passion for education didn’t stop after he finished shooting the 150+ episodes of Reading Rainbow. In fact, LeVar Burton has continued to advocate for children’s education and literacy. That passion for education is what makes Burton such a great fit for Jeopardy!. After all, the show is based on having a wide range of knowledge. So, his passion and the spirit of the show go hand in hand.
LeVar Burton is finally stepping up to the legendary hosting lectern this coming week. So, like all of the guest hosts before him, he gave a short interview to discuss his hosting stint. During that interview, he talked about what he hoped he could bring to the show.
When the Jeopardy! team asked LeVar Burton what he hoped to bring to his role as guest host his answer was short, heartfelt, and honest. Burton said, “I’m hoping to bring me. If I can do that, I think I can walk away a happy man.”
LeVar Burton Wants to Be the New Jeopardy! Host and Fans Agree
Several Jeopardy! guest hosts have gotten rave reviews on social media. Just about every one of them has had a vocal group of fans cheering for them to be the next full-time host. However, LeVar Burton is the only one who has a petition behind him.
Alex Trebek passed away on November 8, 2020. Not long after that, Joshua Sanders launched a petition to put LeVar Burton in his place. By November 14, the petition had gathered over 65,000 signatures. Today, it is close to being one of the most-signed petitions on Change.org. At the time of writing, 257,085 people have put their names on the digital dotted line.
LeVar Burton definitely wants to take over the position full-time. Burton said that permanently filling in for the late Jeopardy! host is the “natural progression” of his career. He said that heading up the iconic quiz show “encompasses almost everything that I’ve been about for the last 45 years.”
Unlike many of his fellow guest hosts, LeVar Burton has been dreaming of hosting Jeopardy! for years. He tweeted about it all the way back in 2013 saying that it was his “dream job.” Then, in September of 2020, he tweeted that he felt as though he had been preparing to take over for Alex Trebek for his entire career, according to an Esquire piece posted earlier today.