Former ‘Reading Rainbow’ host, LeVar Burton, to guest host ‘Jeopardy!’ in July

This comes after an online petition that gained over 246,000 signatures

Burton was no newcomer to television when he was cast as Geordi, having appeared in "Roots" as Kunta Kinte and hosting the PBS children's show "Reading Rainbow" since 1983. He continued to host "Reading Rainbow" until the show ended in 2005, after
Burton was no newcomer to television when he was cast as Geordi, having appeared in "Roots" as Kunta Kinte and hosting the PBS children's show "Reading Rainbow" since 1983. He continued to host "Reading Rainbow" until the show ended in 2005, after (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for AOL Inc.)

LeVar Burton fans have a reason to rejoice!

On Wednesday, “Jeopardy!” announced that it selected Burton to host and close out season 37 from July 26 to July 30.

This comes after a fan started an online petition in November that prompted Burton to take the reigns of the well-known game show. The petition garnered over 246,000 signatures from fans who wanted to see the award-winning actor host the show.

Burton took to Twitter to thank Joshua Sanders for starting the petition and thanked his fans for their support.

“Thank you to all y’all for your passionate support! I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me. You made a difference! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time,” Burton said in a tweet.

Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Faber and Joe Buck will join Burton in closing out the 37th season of “Jeopardy!”

Here’s a list of guest hosts for season 37 and their respective dates:

  • Stephanopoulos, ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor: July 12-July 16
  • Roberts, ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor: July 19-July 23
  • Faber, a co-host of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street:” Aug. 2-Aug. 6
  • LeVar Burton, actor & former host of “Reading Rainbow:” July 26-July 30
  • Buck, a Fox sportscaster: Aug. 9-Aug. 13

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