LeVar Burton To Begin Stint As 'Jeopardy' Host


LeVar Burton

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The time has come for LeVar Burton to show and prove why he should be the next host of Jeopardy! Beginning July 26, Burton will serve as a guest host of the iconic game show and many of his fans are extremely excited about it. In fact, more than 250,000 fans have signed a petition calling for Burton to be named the permanent host following his upcoming stint as host.

"Today is LeVar Burton day, part one. [I am] getting my snacks ready early for Jeopardy," journalist Felecia Wellington tweeted.

"[My] DVR [is] already set. This was made for LeVar Burton," Brittany Packnett Cunningham of MSNBC added.

While excitement is growing for Burton's debut, he has warned viewers that his best is yet to come. During a recent interview, Burton explained that he had jitters filming the first episode and it might not have been his best performance.

“I came backstage after taping the first episode and I said to Stephanie, ‘Well, how did I do?'" he asked his wife, Stephanie Cozart Burton.

"Ehhh," she replied.

No one knows you better than family. Burton took his wife's assessment to heart and allowed it to motivate him to do better in the next four episodes.

"I made it my business for the next four chances at bat to just be myself, to forget about the procedure, to forget about the process, stop trying, stop focusing on the wrong thing. You’re not going to be smooth as Alex, let go of that. But what you can bring to the table is you. So that became my point of focus. And when it did, I started having fun," he continued.

Burton will begin his stint as host of Jeopardy! on July 26 and lead the show through July 30. Following Burton, David Faber and Joe Buck will take turns hosting the game show. New episodes air every weekday. Check with your television provider for the specific time and channel in your area.

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