The final group of Season 37 guest hosts has been announced, and Levar Burton is among the names of the people who will be holding the Jeopardy host podium. The rest of this final batch of guest hosts is comprised of George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, David Faber and Joe Buck. Burton and the others will host for just one week to finish out. Season 37, so Burton’s long-awaited stint as host won’t last for too long.
That doesn’t mean that LeVar Burton is anything but excited about joining the Jeopardy hosting team, though! Shortly after the news that he was going to guest host the game show, he took to Twitter with an enthusiastic and grateful message, posting:
THANK YOU… to all y’all for your passionate support! 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.
Although it’s hard to say whether or not LeVar Burton would have had the chance to guest-host Jeopardy even without the fan calls for him to take the podium, he’s definitely not kidding with his reference to the “passionate support” online. The push for Burton to follow in Alex Trebek’s game show footsteps began in November 2020, not too long after Trebek passed away.
The initial petition cited Levar Burton’s 21 seasons as hosting of the educational Reading Rainbow series, his longtime role as Geordi on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and his performance of Kunta Kinte on Roots as some of the reasons that he deserved the job. The push for Burton to become host only heated up from there.
LeVar Burton himself reacted to the fan campaign shortly after, posting on Twitter how much he appreciated the “love and support” even if “nothing comes of it,” along with a link to the petition. As the calls for Burton increased in recent weeks as other guest hosts came and went (with Anderson Cooper currently at the podium, with an adorable picture of his son observing to boot), even The Late Show host Stephen Colbert chimed in with a Star Trek-themed suggestion.