Petition Calls for LeVar Burton to Be the Next Host of JEOPARDY!

Alex Trebek became synonymous with Jeopardy! over the years of his three-decade run as host of the classic game show. Due to his recent passing, a new host will eventually have to step into the role as host, and there is a petition created by Joshua Sanders that recommends LeVar Burton for the position. Burton is beloved thanks to his 21 years of hosting the PBS classic Reading Rainbow, as well as his work in the Star Trek franchise, Roots, and contributions to shows like The Big Bang TheoryCaptain Planet and the Planeteers, and more. The petition states:

“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. This petition is to show Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and producer 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!”

You can see why many are rallying around Burton as the new host, though it’s unclear when Jeopardy! plans to announce a new host or resume filming.