Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Jeopardy!” Fans Get Their Way: LeVar Burton Will Finish the Season as Guest Host, But Will He Get the Job?


Two hundred forty six thousand people can’t be wrong.

LeVar Burton has finally been asked to guest host “Jeopardy!” After a petition with 246,000 signatures has blossomed imploring producers to sign him up, it’s happened.

Burton will join George Stephanopolous and Robin Roberts — ABC promoting “GMA” since “Jeopardy!” runs on ABC stations, and sportscaster Joe Buck in the last round of guest hosts.

The season will end with this group and return in September with a permanent host. The competition is between Burton and Ken Jennings, the first guest host and the only one so far to maintain the ratings at 6 million.

Burton is campaigning for the job, and he certainly seems to have a following. Jennings does, too, and he’s a contracted consultant to the show.

Stay tuned!

Burton wrote on Twitter: 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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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