On the heels of a steady and slow-burning recent online petition to have LeVar Burton host Jeopardy, the world has listened, and it is now officially making it happen. Although the actor hasn’t yet been named an official successor to former host Alex Trebek after his death, Variety is reporting that Burton will be one of the final guest hosts who will finish out the show’s current season. The dates Burton will rotate in have not yet been announced.
“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,” Jeopardy executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement (via Variety). “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.”
Since we last reported on the vocal push for Burton to be given a shot as host–which at the time was given a lift by the actor himself on Twitter–the aforementioned campaign has surged to over 246,000 digital signatures.
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