LeVar Burton begins “Jeopardy! running as the show seeks to pick a permanent replacement for Alex Trebek

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The wait is almost over: LeVar Burton begins his stint as “Jeopardy!” guest host on Monday July 26.

Following a passionate fan-led social media campaign, the “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek” star was announced as part of the show’s last guest guest lineup in April. “Danger!” has used a slew of guest hosts for its 37th season – including Aaron Rodgers, Robin Roberts, Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper and more – after longtime host Alex Trebek passed away in November 2020.

“Our aim has been to introduce a wide variety of guest hosts with different skills and backgrounds on our way to finding a permanent host,” said “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards at Burton’s announcement as guest host. “Our passionate fans tell us what they love, and we listen. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and genuine love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the episode. rest of the season with our viewers. “

‘DANGER!’ FAN PETITION FOR ‘READING RAINBOW’ HTE LEVAR BURTON TO REPLACE ALEX TREBEK AFTER HIS DEATH

LeVar Burton will begin his career as the final guest host of 'Jeopardy!" this week.
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LeVar Burton will begin his career as the final guest host of “Jeopardy!” this week.
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Burton will host “Jeopardy!” July 26-30, followed by David Faber (August 2-6) and Joe Buck (August 9-13). Burton has become the favorite for many “Jeopardy!” fans taking over the host post, with a Change.org petition having now garnered more than 257,000 signatures.

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In an interview with “Jeopardy!” Posted on Saturday, Burton pondered whether to be the guest host, saying he was nervous to take the stage.

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“I was more than nervous, I was absolutely petrified,” said Burton. “And I don’t know if that feeling is already gone.”

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