Have a look. LeVar Burton‘s been booked as a visitor host on Jeopardy! after 1000’s of followers petitioned for the Studying Rainbow and Star Trek star to take over for the late Alex Trebek.
“THANK YOU to y’all in your passionate help!” Burton tweeted on Wednesday, after Jeopardy! made it official on Twitter. “I’m overjoyed, excited and wanting to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and can do my utmost finest to stay as much as your religion in me.”
Greater than 247,000 followers had signed a petition to see Burton host the present. A lot of them shared their nostalgic love for his previous roles as Kunta Kinte in Roots and Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Subsequent Era. Many extra hailed him as an impressed option to host Jeopardy! primarily based on his 21 seasons because the host of Studying Rainbow, an academic present that inspired kids to learn books.
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Burton embraced the petition with a tweet selling it on April 5. He was chosen for the present two weeks later.
Burton will host Jeopardy from July 26-30, based on a information launch from Sony Footage.
He joins a rotating checklist of celebrities and on-air personalities who’ve been internet hosting the present since Trebek’s dying from most cancers final yr.
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Jeopardy! additionally added sportscaster Joe Buck and TV journalists Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and David Faber to its checklist on Wednesday.
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CNN anchor Anderson Cooper lately took over the internet hosting duties after a two-week run by Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Previous hosts have included the likes of Mehmet and Ken Jennings. Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are additionally on the roster for future episodes.
“Our purpose has been to current all kinds of visitor hosts with completely different talent units and backgrounds on our path to discovering a everlasting host,” government producer Mike Richards mentioned in a press release. “Our passionate followers are telling us what they like, and we’re listening.”
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Richards guest-hosted the present earlier this yr.
Burton’s followers celebrated his choice on Twitter Wednesday, with many crediting him for encouraging them to learn.
“I grew up with this man studying to me,” one individual tweeted. “Couldn’t potential be a better option for my part.”
“We did it all people!” one other wrote. “Now maintain doing it till we’re all listening to ‘Welcome to Jeopardy! along with your host LeVar Burton’ for the following few many years.”
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