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LeVar Burton scores ‘Jeopardy!’ host gig along with George Stephanopoulos

“Jeopardy!” is ending its 37th season with a bang.

The longtime recreation present introduced its last visitor hosts to complete out the most recent season on Wednesday. LeVar Burton, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Faber (who’s a former “Celeb Jeopardy!” champ) and Joe Buck are among the many stars tapped to host the wildly in style trivia recreation.

Burton has beforehand expressed his profound enthusiasm to host the present and take over the reins from the late nice Alex Trebek.

The 64-year-old “Studying Rainbow” host gushed over his new gig on Twitter, writing, “THANK YOU… to all y’all in your passionate help! I’m overjoyed, excited, and desirous to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and can do my utmost finest to dwell as much as your religion you in me. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go forward and take my phrase for it, this time.”

Earlier this month, Burton tweeted a fan-started marketing campaign to make him a everlasting “Jeopardy!” host.

“Leaving this right here within the occasion that the powers that be are listening,” the “Roots” actor tweeted alongside a petition. The doc has since gained over 250,000 signatures as of right now.

Burton lately appeared on USA TODAY’s “The Mothership” podcast and additional spoke about his need to host the quiz present. “That is one thing that I actually assume is a good suggestion,” he mentioned. “I believe it’s a very good match of what the present is, what the present requires and what I really feel like I deliver to the desk. I really feel as strongly about my rightness for this as I did about Kunta and Geordi. And I’m that invested in getting the job.”

Burton added that he feels he needs to do “justice to the legacy of Alex.” Trebek handed away in November 2019 from pancreatic most cancers on the age of 80. The present paid tribute to the long-lasting host’s legendary profession in January.

Following Trebek’s demise, ABC Information journalist George Stephanopoulos was reportedly lobbying for the gig, amongst a number of different candidates, and “actively” placing his title within the ring.

“Jeopardy!” govt producer Mike Richards launched a press release Wednesday concerning the slew of latest celeb hosts. “Our purpose has been to current all kinds of visitor hosts with completely different ability units and backgrounds on our path to discovering a everlasting host,” Richards mentioned. “Our passionate followers are telling us what they like, and we’re listening. All the visitor hosts have introduced individualism, power and an genuine love of our present to every of their episodes. We sit up for sharing the remainder of the season with our viewers.”

Along with every visitor host’s look, a donation can be made to a charity of their selection. The quantity that’s donated can be matched with the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete through the week.

Earlier Season 37 visitor hosts embrace Anderson Cooper, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Savannah Guthrie, Katie Couric and Aaron Rodgers.

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