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Last week we lost Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, the host of the show since 1984. Fans are still mourning Alex’s death. Before he passed, Alex filmed new Jeopardy! episodes which will air through to Christmas.
Jeopardy! will need to find a new host for the show. In Jeopardy’s! statement confirming Alex’s death, the show’s executives stated that they will not be announcing Alex’s replacement anytime soon. Alex has jokingly suggested Betty White be his replacement. In 2018, Alex seriously suggested announcer Alex Faust or CNN legal correspondent Laura Coates as his replacement. However, fans of Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton created a Change.org petition calling for Jeopardy! to consider him as Alex’s Replacement. The petition has gotten over 90k signatures so far. LeVar stated in a post that even if nothing comes of the campaign that he was flattered. Below is more on the story from Entertainment Tonight:
“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 …read more