LeVar Burton will not be internet hosting Jeopardy! anytime quickly, however he hasn’t given up on his dream of taking up one other recreation present. After the passing of Alex Trebek in 2020, Burton’s title shortly emerged as a well-liked candidate to succeed Trebek as the subsequent host of the present. He was finally given a restricted run by guest-hosting 5 episodes, however this did not end in Burton getting the job.
On Thursday night, LeVar Burton appeared on The Daily Show the place he opened as much as Trevor Noah about his short-lived Jeopardy! run. He defined how he discovered by a Reading Rainbow Kickstarter marketing campaign from a number of years again that the younger followers who grew up watching him are on board to help him with the issues he desires to do immediately. As Burton explains, he felt that very same help by his marketing campaign to host Jeopardy!.
“I made it public that I wanted it for myself, that it made sense to me, and they were all about it. It made as much sense to them as it did to me. So, they wanted it for me as much as I wanted it. The crazy thing is, is that when you set your sights on something… They say be careful what you wish for because what I found out is that it wasn’t the thing that I wanted after all. What I wanted was to compete. I mean I wanted the job, but then when I didn’t get it, it was, like, well, okay, what’s next?”
It was not too long ago introduced that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will host Jeopardy! through 2021. Many of LeVar Burton’s followers had been upset that he was seemingly snubbed as soon as once more by the present, however given his current feedback, it could seem that he is already moved on. All’s effectively that ends effectively, as a result of as Burton tells Trevor Noah, the eye has nonetheless introduced another attention-grabbing gives his approach.
“The opportunities that have come my way as a result of not getting that gig, I couldn’t have dreamt it up. If you had given me a pen and paper, and said, ‘So, what do you want this to really look like, if it doesn’t include Jeopardy!?’ I wouldn’t have been able to.”
It appears that Jeopardy! is within the rear-view mirror for Burton, however Noah says he would nonetheless like to see him host one other recreation present. While he saw Jeopardy! as a dream job, he admits that he is by no means actually thought of internet hosting a recreation present in any other case. Even so, the expertise guest-hosting Jeopardy! now has him open to internet hosting one other recreation present so long as it feels prefer it’s the best match.
“The thing is, I never thought about hosting any other game show outside of Jeopardy!. But now, they went in a different direction with their show, which is their right, and now I’m thinking, well it does kind of make sense [to host another game show]. So, let’s see what I can do. We’re trying to figure out what the right game show for LeVar Burton would be.”
We will possible see LeVar Burton again on the small display quickly sufficient, even when it stays to be seen what that subsequent job for him could be. It appears like one other recreation present gig will not be out of the playing cards. In the meantime, you possibly can catch extra of Burton on his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads. There can be an upcoming documentary chronicling Reading Rainbow.