LeVar Burton Honors Alex Trebek's Legacy In 'Jeopardy!' Hosting Debut
LeVar Burton is finally taking his place behind the podium. After a massive fan push to see Burton take the helm as the new Jeopardy!host, the star began his run of guest-hosted episodes on Monday.
Before the game kicked off, Burton took the stage and delivered a message to the fans watching, in which he shared his gratitude and hope to live up to Alex Trebek’s indelible legacy during his time as the show’s temporary trivia master.
“As a longtime viewer of the show, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to guest host Jeopardy! And I’m proud to be here to honor Alex’s legacy,” Burton shared. “I’m gonna do my best to ensure that these talented Jeopardy! contestants enjoy their moment here as well.”
Burton — best known for his roles on Reading Rainbow, Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation — will be the guest host through July 30.
[email protected] is excited to start the week as our next guest host! pic.twitter.com/sUSfZCApF2
Burton’s time on the show comes as part of a rotating line-up of guest hosts who have stepped into the role following Trebek’s death in November after a battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The nine-time Emmy winner hosted the show for 40 years, throughout his cancer fight and all the way until his death.
Unlike many of the guest hosts who have helmed the show in recent months, Burton has long been a fan favorite to be named as a permanent host. Efforts have included a widely spread petition, which Burton has vocally endorsed.
On Monday, many of Burton’s fans took to social media to share their love and support for his time behind the storied Jeopardy! podium.
Ok #Jeopardy, LeVar Burton MUST be the new permanent host come September.#LeVaronJeopardy#LeVarBurtonpic.twitter.com/pXa1fVZ4d4
A: This person is the rightful heir apparent #Jeopardy host.
Q: What/Who is #LevarBurton?” pic.twitter.com/46y7xlHvXY
IT’S HAPPENING!!!! ?? #LeVarBurton on #Jeopardypic.twitter.com/VKeuL8e5wC
Jeopardy right now and support the new host. This is who we want full time lets go. #LeVarBurton#Jeopardypic.twitter.com/fisLeBmVAf
Not sure who made this but brilliant. #jeopardy#startrek#LeVarBurtonpic.twitter.com/eN8Ul4AQND
The guest host of Jeopardy tonight who should be hired as the permanent host ASAP.
Answer: Who is @levarburton ? ?#LeVarBurton#LeVaronJeopardypic.twitter.com/2TOMFb9PAM
Burton opened up on The Tamron Hall Show on Monday morning about taking on the challenge of stepping into Trebek’s incomparable game show hosting shoes, and said he feels it’s a “good fit” for him.
“I think that having the job of hosting Jeopardy!, for me, it just feels like a natural progression,” he explained. “It encompasses almost everything that I’ve been about for the last 45 years of my career. It just seems like a good fit to me.”
“That’s why I was so public about it,” he shares. “It could have backfired, but I felt like if I didn’t do everything I could to advocate for the job, I would never forgive myself. So, I took a risk, and was very, very public about wanting the job.”
Burton is one of six hosts in Jeopardy!‘s final round of guest hosts to close out the 37th season of the game show.
The show’s Instagram account announced their final lineup in April, which along with Burton, included TV personalities Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Faber and Joe Buck.
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