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LeVar Burton Is Announced As The Next Guest Host Of Jeopardy!

LeVar Burton Is Announced As The Next Guest Host Of Jeopardy!

The people have spoken!

LeVar Burton has been chosen as the next guest host of “Jeopardy!” after months of people petitioning online for him to be a permanent host. The “Reading Rainbow” star will round out the show’s 37th season following the death of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek last November. Burton shared his excitement on Twitter Wednesday night.

“THANK YOU... to all y’all for your passionate support,” He wrote. “I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me.” 

The people believe Burton is the best choice to step into Trebek’s role as a permanent host. A petition has accumulated over 246,000 signatures. His roles as host and executive producer of PBS’ “Reading Rainbow,” Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and Kunta Kinte in “Roots,” have garnered Burton 13 Emmys, a George Foster Peabody, and a Grammy. He also currently hosts his podcast, “LeVar Burton Reads.”

“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,” said “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy, and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the rest of the season with our viewers.”

The internet can’t contain their excitement for his “Jeopardy!” debut. 





The other guest hosts are “Good Morning America” and “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” anchor George Stephanopoulos, “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts, CNBC “Squawk on the Street” co-anchor and former “Celebrity Jeopardy!” champ David Faber, and three-time National Sportscaster of the Year award winner sportscaster Joe Buck. Each guest host will have a charity of their choice receive a donation.

We're rooting for you, LeVar!

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