'Jeopardy' Reportedly Close to Landing New Host and People Are Upset It's Not LeVar Burton

Not everyone is happy to about a Variety report that someone other than LeVar Burton is in advanced negotiations to become the permanent host of 'Jeopardy.'

LeVar Burton joins CBS This Morning Co-Hosts Gayle King and Anthony Mason as Guest Host.

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LeVar Burton joins CBS This Morning Co-Hosts Gayle King and Anthony Mason as Guest Host.

Variety reports Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards is in advanced negotiations to become the successor to the late Alex Trebek as the show’s permanent host. Richards had previously hosted Divided and The Pyramid on GSN. 

This report will come as a huge disappointment to a great many online who have pushed for LeVar Burton to be the next host of Jeopardy!, especially in wake of a New York Times Magazine interview published in late June where the Reading Rainbow host said he felt like he’s “supposed” to take up the mantle left behind by Trebek. 

“It’s difficult to explain, but there’s something inside me that says this makes sense,” Burton said. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to do. I have been watching Jeopardy! more or less every night of my life since Art Fleming was host. Jeopardy! is a cultural touchstone, and for a Black man to occupy that podium is significant.” 

While all may seem lost given the fact that Richards is apparently the front-runner for the gig, a Sony Pictures spokesperson said they have maintained discussions with several potential candidates, and warned that both sides could fail to come to an agreement. Despite providing Burton’s supporters with a glimmer of hope, they’re already disappointed to discover that he isn’t the first choice in the eyes of the decision makers for Jeopardy!

In any case, you can check out some reactions to the news below.

That doesn’t look like LeVar Burton to me... https://t.co/fLJfvHjzAK

— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) August 4, 2021

LeVar Burton should be the next host of "Jeopardy!" I can't believe we're even having this discussion. He's the obvious choice.

— Charlotte Clymer 🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) August 4, 2021

This is the craziest shit I ever seen @Jeopardy y’all better get it together! That job belongs to Levar Burton!!! pic.twitter.com/shcWvvADZF

— Meech (@MediumSizeMeech) August 4, 2021


— Edgar Allan Bitch (Saf) - Girl-Prince of Stars (@edgar_a_bitch) August 4, 2021

It's absolutely foolish not to have LeVar Burton host JEOPARDY. People clamor for him, he actually is the perfect fit in every single respect. He even wants to do it, right?

— Cat Randall (@superisabel76) August 4, 2021

I live in Scotland where Jeopardy! isn't aired, but I'm familiar with it. The two things I know about the show are that you need to answer in the form of a question & that everyone with a beating heart in their chest wants @levarburton to host the show. How can you not see this?

— 🇪🇺𝖘𝖈𝖆𝖗 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿-𝖗𝖆𝖞 (@oscarxray) August 4, 2021

Yo @Jeopardy the fans want @levarburton. So stop F*cking around and make it happen. https://t.co/mztMJSUESB

— Chris “Ginger Sith” Barreras (@Gingerdome81) August 4, 2021


WE WANT LEVAR BURTON https://t.co/lylCoKtIJ2

— Two Time Emmy Winner Ali B (@wtflanksteak) August 4, 2021

And why is it not @LeVarBurton?!

— Nyasha Junior (@NyashaJunior) August 4, 2021

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