Roommate, it’s been almost six months since the icon “Jeopardy!” Host Alex Trebek died at the age of 80 after a long battle with cancer – and during that time the search for a replacement has taken over social media. In the latest development, legendary Reading Rainbow host and Roots star LeVar Burton recently shared a hugely popular petition to make him the permanent host of Jeopardy!
In the months after Alex Trebek’s death, there was a revolving door of hosts trying to follow in his footsteps – but there is one name that is high on the list for “Jeopardy!” Fans as the perfect permanent host.
Enter LeVar Burton, who previously “Celebrity Jeopardy!” Winner, who is not only a fan favorite, but other celebrities have given him the stamp of recognition, including legendary actor Dick Van Dyke and late night presenter Stephen Colbert. When he posted the petition on his Twitter account, he wrote, “Leave this here in case the powers that be listen.”
The petition, which has so far collected more than 160,000 signatures, reads:
“LeVar Burton inspired and shaped the mind after hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing brain engineer Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: the Next Generation, and taking on the role of Kunta Kinte in the increasingly important miniseries Roots of generations from trivia-loving nerds. “
No decision has yet been made as to who will be the permanent host of “Jeopardy!”
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