Your prayers have been answered, LeVar Burton fans!
On Wednesday, “Jeopardy!” announced that the legendary “Reading Rainbow” star is one of the guest hosts for the show’s 37th season.
The lineup also includes “Good Morning America” co-anchors George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, CNBC journalist David Faber, and sportscaster Joe Buck.
We can finally tell you! Here is the final group of guest hosts to close out Season 37:— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) April 21, 2021
• Robin Roberts
• George Stephanopoulos
• David Faber
• Joe Buck
• LeVar Burton!https://t.co/iAPNyy29pu pic.twitter.com/Twgef7i6b5
Once the news went viral, the “Roots” actor thanked his loyal fans for their support.
“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,” Burton wrote. “YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time.”
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. https://t.co/C7mZWMok2X— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 21, 2021
Last year, a Change.org petition was created to encourage the producers of “Jeopardy!” to hire Burton following longtime host Alex Trebek’s passing.
“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!”
Burton went on to share the petition last November and earlier this month.
However, the 64-year-old made it clear last year 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 wrote last November.
You got this, LeVar!