Since longtime Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek passed away in November of 2020, the hunt has been on for a new permanent host for the wildly popular trivia show. Several celebs have guest-hosted the show since Trebek’s last episode aired in December. Katie Couric, Dr. Oz, and Aaron Rodgers have guest-hosted so far. Anderson Cooper, Mayim Bialik, and Savannah Guthrie are just a few of the celebs slated to guest-host in the future.
However, Jeopardy will need a full-time host at some point, and Star Trek fans know exactly who they want to take Trebek’s spot.
The Petition for LeVar Burton to Host Jeopardy
Leaving this here in the event the powers that be are listening… https://t.co/xB3x8atDCv
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 6, 2021
Since Trebek died, fans of LeVar Burton have been campaigning for him to take over as Jeopardy’s host. About five months ago, a Change.org petition started circulating to rally support for Burton hosting the iconic game show. The creator of the petition, Joshua Sanders, eloquently outlined why he thought the Star Trek actor and longtime Reading Rainbow host would be the perfect as Jeopardy’s permanent host.
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!
Within three days of launching, the petition had over 20,000 signatures. It has been widely shared, especially on Twitter. Though calls for Burton to host the game show have been consistent since the position was vacated, they’ve exploded within the past few days.
On April 5th, Burton himself shared the Change.org petition on Twitter, indicating his support for the campaign on his behalf. After Burton’s tweet, scores of people started tweeting the petition as well as all the reasons why they wanted to see Burton behind Trebek’s podium.