Star Trek and Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton Wants to Host Jeopardy | IGN

Since the passing of Alex Trebek, many have wondered who the next host of Jeopardy! will be. While many fans have already been campaigning for Star Trek and Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton to take up the legendary role, Burton himself has now officially shared his interest to do so.

A fan of this idea started a petition on to make LeVar Burton the next host of Jeopardy! and, as of this writing, over 170,000 people have signed on to support this dream.

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One of the biggest supporters of this idea has become Burton himself, who Tweeted out a link to the petition alongside saying, “leaving this here in the event the powers that be are listening…”

This has caused many other celebrities to rally around Burton, including Dick Van Dyke, who shared the petition in hopes that this comes true.

The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert also showed his support in humorous way, saying, “I think LeVar Burton should host Jeopardy! As Geordi La Forge. And the buzzers should be phasers. And Data should be the judge. And it should be in space. And just be Star Trek.”

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Since the death of the beloved Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, there have been many interim hosts, including Ken Jennings, Mike Richards, Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker, Savannah Guthrie, Sanjay Gupa, Anderson Cooper, Mehmet Oz, Mayim Bialik, and Aaron Rodgers.

LeVar Burton made his acting debut in 1976 with Almos’ a Man, and has since had a successful career that includes his roles as Kunta Kinte in the ABC miniseries Roots and Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and hosting Reading Rainbow for 23 years.

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