‘Jeopardy!’: Upcoming Guest Host LeVar Burton Opens Up About Public Pursuit for Full-Time Gig

by Jonathan Howard

Ever since Alex Trebek passed, a rolling cast of hosts has come through Jeopardy! to try their best at hosting. The permanent replacement will likely be picked from the group chosen to guest host during this transitionary time. LeVar Burton, former Reading Rainbow host on PBS Kids who also played Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation wants to be that host.

Coming up, Burton will take over hosting duties for a handful of episodes. He has been very open about wanting to take over for Trebek officially. At this point, Burton calls it part of the “natural progression” that his acting and hosting career has taken him. “It encompasses almost everything that I’ve been about for the last 45 years of my career,” the actor explained on The Tamron Hall Show.

For those that grew up with Burton as host of Reading Rainbow his soft, soothing voice will be familiar and nostalgic. He has been very public about wanting to be the new host. In fact, he’s glad he’s been open about his want for Jeopardy!. “If I didn’t do everything I could to advocate for the job, I would never forgive myself,” the 67-year-old explained. Burton used his popularity and 250,000 fans signed a petition to get him on the show.

LeVar Burton on ‘Jeopardy!’

While most people don’t tweet about their desire for a new job directly, Burton is different. Throughout his whole career, he has made a path for himself that led up to this moment. Of course, Burton won’t be the only one guest hosting. There have been a number of other hosts including Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback.

In this round of guest hosting, Burton will be joined by other great hosts and personalities. Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Faber, and Joe Buck will all get chances to host the long-running trivia show. Don’t think that LeVar Burton has forgotten about his fans who got him here. He took to Twitter to thank them for signing the petition and advocating for him. The 37th season of Jeopardy! is ongoing and sure to be a good one.

The fact is that Burton has captivated and inspired multiple generations of Americans. In the culturally impactful series Roots, he played Kunta Kinte. As mentioned before he played a major role in Star Trek, his 23-years on PBS Kids, along with the multiple films and other series he has appeared in. There is no doubt that Burton has the chops and the resume to host, but there are a ton of other qualified individuals.

If LeVar Burton doesn’t get the permanent hosting job, who would be the best option? There have been some solid hosts since the loss of Alex Trebek, but Burton may be the one to show he’s the one.