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You Don’t Have To Take MY Word For It: LeVar Burton Is Going To Guest Host “Jeopardy!” After A Massive Fan Campaign

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Cue the Reading Rainbow theme song…

Following a push on social media, Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation icon LeVar Burton is set to be the next guest host for the quiz show Jeopardy!

Burton hosted the PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow for over 20 years, teaching reading skills and covering social topics. Now he will be stepping behind the legendary podium (RIP Alex Trebek), and his segments will air the week of July 26th.

For many game show fans, Burton is the frontrunner to assume Trebek’s role. A Change.org petition titled “Make LeVar Burton the next host of Jeopardy!”  garnered over 248,000 signatures.

Burton responded to the good news by thanking his fans on Twitter:

Previous guest hosts have included Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker, Mayim Bialik, Dr. Oz, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Aaron Rodgers, and, of course, Ken Jennings. Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen will host the show’s Tournament of Champions in May.

“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host.

Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the rest of the season with our viewers.”

“Jeopardy!” Executive Producer Mike Richards

Now, good luck getting this theme song out of your head…

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Written by Abigale Racine