LeVar Burton as the next ‘Jeopardy!’ host? Petition aims to secure him gig

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: LeVar Burton attends Sir Patrick Stewart placing his handprints and footprints In cement at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on January 13, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – LeVar Burton captured millions of children’s hearts as the longtime host of “Reading Rainbow,” and now an online petition is trying to secure him a spot as the host of another popular show.

As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly 180,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org that seeks to get Burton the top job at “Jeopardy!”

The post was left vacant last year when the beloved host who was synonymous with the gameshow, Alex Trebek, died of cancer.

Since his death, a roster of celebrity hosts have filled Trebek’s very large shoes, including Katie Couric, Dr. Oz and Aaron Rodgers.

Burton, who has appeared in “Roots” and “Star Trek,” supports the petition himself.

As the petition gained momentum in recent days, it grabbed the attention of “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert:

Burton’s fans and petition signers are also speaking out to give the “powers that be” a nudge toward hiring the “Reading Rainbow” host.

“For my entire life LeVar Burton has been a beacon of wisdom, literacy, and humanity. I can think of no better successor to the late Alex Trebek,” one wrote.

Another said: “Now that I’ve seen this, I can’t think of any other host candidate. Burton probably taught Jeopardy! contestants how to read as children and would bring the same gentle gravitas as the incomparable Trebek.”

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