Hear that, Sony? LeVar Burton is pitching himself to be the next host of “Jeopardy!”
This week on Twitter, the “Reading Rainbow” star tweeted out a Change.org petition in which fans are demanding that the game show hire Burton after longtime host Alex Trebek’s passing last November.
“Leaving this here in the event the powers that be are listening...” the “Star Trek” actor wrote.
Leaving this here in the event the powers that be are listening... https://t.co/xB3x8atDCv— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 6, 2021
According to the petition, created by Joshua Sanders, “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.”
It continued, “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!”
After Burton’s tweet went viral, a number of celebrities endorsed him for the coveted job.
“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert jokingly wrote on social media:
I think LeVar Burton should host Jeopardy! As Geordi La Forge. And the buzzers should be phasers. And Data should be the judge. And it should be in space. And just be Star Trek.— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 7, 2021
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Burton previously tweeted out the petition in November, days after Trebek’s passing.
“Even if nothing comes from it, I can’t tell how much how I appreciate all y’alls love and support!” he wrote at the time.
The 64-year-old also clarified that he is not trying to 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 said.
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— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) November 12, 2020
Last April, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Burton launched “LeVar Burton Reads,” where he read stories for all age groups live on his Twitter page.
The series featured works from authors such as Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, and Ray Bradbury.