Since Alex Trebek passed away from cancer last year, Jeopardy has continued to churn out episodes. When you air 5 days a week, there’s little time to rest. But the producers of the show haven’t rushed to replace their legendary host, and instead have been featuring a variety of different guest hosts.
Some of these hosts, like former champion Ken Jennings and former Price is Right host Drew Carey, are legitimate contenders to replace Trebek, and some of them, like reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, are probably longshots. There is one potential host out there who, despite tons of support, and even a petition in his name, has yet to appear.
Until later this summer!
LeVar Burton is, like Trebek, a beloved, family-friendly TV personality who has been in viewers’ lives for decades. Many Jeopardy fans – including Dick Van Dyke – are clamoring for Burton to take over for Trebek, and during the final week of July, he’ll have a chance to show the public what he can do.
— Stephanie Guerilus (@qsteph) June 19, 2021
Burton will appear as guest host from July 23rd to July 30th, after CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s June 28-July 9 stint, Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopolous’s run, and GMA anchor Robin Roberts slot from July 19-23.
LeVar has been on fans – and producers’ – minds for a long time.
“LeVar and I’ve been speaking for a very long time,” executive producer Mike Richards told USA Today. “I think he was the first person to reach out to me after Alex passed away… so this is not a new conversation.”
Nor is it an easy one.
“It’s not a matter of picking up the phone and people clearing their calendars, and then just showing up. There’s a lot that goes into these bookings,” he explained. “It was much more about the conversations that we had than really him lobbying because really, no one else has lobbied. It’s really been a kind of a very quiet path to cerebral conversations, and then us making decisions.”
They’re giving everyone a look, and at the end of July, LeVar Burton finally gets his. After that, we’ll find out if he’ll be back for more.