Jeopardy! has announced the final guest hosts for its unusual 37th season and among them, Reading Rainbow‘s own LeVar Burton and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.
The full list includes ABC political anchor George Stephanopoulos, FOX broadcaster Joe Buck and CNBC journalist David Faber. However, Burton’s appearance on the final list comes after a fan petition was generated for him to host as one of the more logical successors to host the show following the death of Alex Trebek in November 2020.
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Roberts will guest host from July 19 to July 23 and Burton will host from July 26 to July 30.
Burton reacted to the news on Twitter Wednesday (April 21), thanking fans for their support.
“THANK YOU… to all y’all for your passionate support!” he exclaimed. “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.”
The petition was started by Sanders in December 2020 and quickly gained steam. In three days, it had garnered over 20,000 signatures. As of press time, the petition had pulled in over 246,000 different names, all of who want to see Burton become the next host of Jeopardy.
“When I started this, I never dreamed it would get this kind of response,” Sanders wrote on April 8. “Now we’re over 200,000 folks showing their love for LeVar; this might actually get the right peoples’ attention! Keep sharing, friends!”
Previous guest hosts for Jeopardy this season have included Anderson Cooper, Aaron Rodgers, Dr. Oz, Katie Couric and Ken Jennings.
Social Media Puts Muscle Behind LeVar Burton Becoming Host Of ‘Jeopardy!”
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I will never get over the fact that LeVar Burton is an icon to three different generations for three very different reasons and Jeopardy has a chance to make it FOUR why on earth are they waiting. https://t.co/hbJ3ubC4IC— Emily L. Hauser אלה אסתר 🟣 (@emilylhauser) April 6, 2021
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There's a petition for Levar Burton to be the new host of Jeopardy. He has the TV and production experience, the passion for education, that Reading Rainbow resume alone. It's a no brainer.#morningjoe #LevarBurton pic.twitter.com/Ti3BvesDeF— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) April 6, 2021
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Please sign - infinitely better to have LeVar Burton as the next host of Jeopardy then someone like Ken Jennings. https://t.co/R53kYfXw7h— Justin Shiroff (@JShiroff) April 6, 2021
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LeVar Burton liked my tweet.— LibbityBibbityBOO 🎃👻🧛♀️🦇💀 (@LibbityBoo) April 6, 2021
My inner child is weeping with joy 🥺 pic.twitter.com/JJaDmuTCxL
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WOW - this petition has almost 120,500 signatures and so much love in the comments for national treasure @levarburton!— Tananarive (Team Pfizer) Due (@TananariveDue) April 6, 2021
Sony Pictures Entertainment: LeVar Burton should be the next host of Jeopardy! - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/G67zVeYJ1E via @Change
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Levar Burton shouldn't have to petition to host Jeopardy. The concept frankly sort of hurts my heart. It should just happen. They won't find anyone better.— Leslie Lazlo Cravensworth (@LkjonesSOC) April 6, 2021
LeVar Burton, Robin Roberts To Guest Host Future Episodes Of ‘Jeopardy!’ was originally published on myhoustonmajic.com