Backed by followers, LeVar Burton joins ‘Jeopardy!’ as visitor host

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LeVar Burton‘s followers are lastly getting their want because the actor has been tapped to visitor host “Jeopardy!” earlier than the sport present ends its present season.

Sony Footage Tv, which produces the quiz present, introduced Wednesday that Burton shall be among the many hosts filling in on the program’s lectern earlier than the top of the TV season.

Different upcoming visitor hosts named embrace Fox sportscaster Joe Buck, CNBC host David Faber and “Good Morning America” co-anchors George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts.

Burton, 64, had been touted on social media as potential successor to the late Alex Trebek, who died final yr. The TV present has been utilizing visitor hosts for the reason that closing Trebek episodes aired in December and has not publicly set a timetable for naming a everlasting alternative.

Youthful audiences grew up watching Burton on the PBS sequence “Studying Rainbow.” He additionally starred within the 1977 TV miniseries “Roots” and was within the solid of “Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology.”

Longtime followers had circulated a petition supporting Burton, who has expressed curiosity in taking the “Jeopardy!” host function completely.

“THANK YOU… to all y’all in your passionate help!” Burton tweeted shortly after the information was introduced. “I’m overjoyed, excited, and desirous to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and can do my utmost greatest to reside as much as your religion you in me.”

Different upcoming visitor hosts embrace actress Mayim Bialik, “In the present day” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta and “60 Minutes” correspondent Invoice Whitaker. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is the visitor host this week.

Aaron Rodgers on the "Jeopardy!" set.

Aaron Rodgers on the lectern for his visitor host sting on “Jeopardy!”

(Carol Kaelson / Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers lately completed a two-week stint as visitor host and has made it recognized that he covets the full-time job. Rodgers is a “Superstar Jeopardy!” champion and an obsessive fan of this system.

TV information journalist Katie Couric and speak present host Mehmet Oz have additionally completed fill-in stints, as have “Jeopardy!” government producer Mike Richards and the present’s winningest contestant, Ken Jennings.

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