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LeVar Burton Opens Up About Losing ‘Jeopardy!’ Gig: ‘I Was Disappointed, But I Wasn’t Devastated’

LeVar Burton sat down with the folks at Rolling Stone for a chat during which he pened up about losing the Jeopardy! hosting gig.

“I put myself out there and publicly stated that I wanted the job on Jeopardy!” Burton said. “When I didn’t get the job, there was a lot of unnecessary concern that I was devastated, when in fact I wasn’t. I was disappointed, but I wasn’t devastated.”

Burton continued, “As a public personality, who you are is commented on and subject to the whims of people who don’t know you. In the age of social media, you have access to the good, the bad, and the ugly of what people think about you, [like] seeing on my Twitter, “Oh, he was terrible!” “He was the worst of all the guest hosts.” “He shit the bed!” Shit the bed? I don’t think I was that bad! You gotta have thick skin. As Forrest Gump would say, ‘That’s all I’m gonna say about that.’”

Recall that in June, while chatting with The New York Times Magazine, the actor shared his desire to be employed as the next host. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to do,” he said. “I have been watching Jeopardy! more or less every night of my life since Art Fleming was host. Jeopardy! is a cultural touchstone, and for a Black man to occupy that podium is significant.”

And during his September appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he said he was no longer pursuing the hosting spot. “The crazy thing is that when you set your sights on something…they say be careful of what you wish for, because what I found out is that it wasn’t the thing that I wanted after all,” Burton explained. “What I wanted was to compete. I mean, I wanted the job, right, but then, when I didn’t get it, it was, like ‘Well, okay, what’s next?’”

Now, he has been tapped to host Hasbro and Entertainment One’s television gameshow adaptation of Trivial Pursuit.

We can’t wait!

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