LeVar Burton Shares Petition to Become the New Host of Jeopardy! Host of Reading Rainbowand Star Trek: the Next Generation star, LeVar Burton, has had a rousing response by fans who would love to see him become the new host of Jeopardy after the passing of Alex Trebek.
Trebek, passed away in late 2020 at his home surrounded by friends and family. Alex Trebek had shared his diagnosis in a shocking clip on Jeopardy! in 2019, stating that he had Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Trebek hosted the iconic quiz show from 1984-2020. The last episodes filmed with Trebek as the host are set to run through the end of the year, but the long running quiz series will need a new host very soon to keep the series running.
Fan of Burton, Joshua Sanders, began a petition to Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio currently running the Jeopardy! series, pleading for them to hire LeVar as the new host. Sander’s petition reads:
“Between hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing the brainiac engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: the Next Generation, and filling the roll of Kunta Kinte in the ever important mini-series Roots, LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds. This petition is to show Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and producers Mike Richards and Harry Friedman just how much love the public has for Burton, and how much we’d all love to see him as the next host of Jeopardy!”
LeVar Burton shared the petition on Twitter along with the caption: “Leaving this here in the event the powers that be are listening…“
The petition currently garnishes over 165,000+ signatures, and passing the initial goal of reaching 150,000 before presenting to SPE. You can check out or sign the petition by CLICKING HERE. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Entertainment!
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