Fans Want LeVar Burton to Host ‘Jeopardy!’ After Alex Trebek’s Death

An overwhelming number of fans want LeVar Burton to host “Jeopardy!” after Alex Trebek’s passing.

This week, a petition was created to encourage the game show’s producers to hire the “Reading Rainbow” legend.

“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,” wrote organizer Joshua Sanders.

“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!”

As of this writing, the petition has amassed over 60,000 signatures.

On Tuesday, Burton reacted to the petition, thanking fans for their support.

However, the 63-year-old wants to make it clear that he cannot replace Trebek, who he called an “irreplaceable legend.”

“Of course while I’m very flattered by the petition, my thoughts are definitely with Alex Trebeck’s family and his millions of fans and the devastating loss of this irreplaceable legend. #LongLiveAlex,” Burton wrote.

Over the weekend, the official Twitter account for “Jeopardy!” confirmed the sad news that Trebek died of stage IV pancreatic cancer.

“‘Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex," the show tweeted.

Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan, and his three children, Matthew, Emily and Nicky.


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