As the host of Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton helped foster a love of literacy in a generation of children. He was unforgettable as Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation and as Kunta Kinte in Roots. Next, he wants to be host of Jeopardy! — and he’s about to get the chance.
The game show recently announced the final round of guest hosts to headline the show’s 37th season. In addition to Burton, the group includes Good Morning America host Robin Roberts; former Celebrity Jeopardy! champ David Faber; political commentator George Stephanopoulos and sportscaster Joe Buck.
Burton has been transparent about how much he wants the role, telling USA Today‘s The Mothership podcast he feels “as strongly about my rightness for this as I did about Kunta and Geordi. And I’m that invested in getting the job.”
Earlier this month, he shared a Change.org petition on Twitter, writing “Leaving this here in the event the powers that be are listening…” And it seems as if “the powers that be” — or at least his fans — were listening. The petition had garnered more than 246,000 signatures, as of Wednesday (Apr. 21, 2021).
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As a part of each guest host’s appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of their choice. The amount donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the week they serve as guest host.
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