Congratulations to LeVar Burton!
The Reading Rainbow star has been unveiled as part of the final group of guest hosts for 37th season of Jeopardy! on Wednesday. He will join the likes of people like Mayim Bialik, Bill Whitaker, Anderson Cooper, and others while the show searches to replace the beloved Alex Trebek as a permanent host.
“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,” the show’s executive producer, Mike Richards, said per 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.”
This heartwarming update comes after took to social media to campaign for Burton to be cast as the permanent host; they signed a Change.org petition which generated over 246,000 signatures in favour of Burton taking over the hosting role.
See his post:
THANK YOU… to all y’all for your passionate support! 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. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time. https://t.co/C7mZWMok2X
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 21, 2021