LeVar Burton endorses petition championing him to be the next 'Jeopardy!' host

More than 60,000 have signed the petition
LeVar Burton
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By The New ALT 105.3

In the days since we lost iconic, long-time 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek, fans of the show have mulled the idea of who might replace him.

One petition has garnered over 60,000 signatures to get "Reading Rainbow" host & former "Star Trek" actor, LeVar Burton, to fill the shoes.

Burton even admitted that he's flattered by the support.

"Even if nothing comes from it, I can’t tell how much how I appreciate all y’alls love and support," he posted on Twitter.

"Of course while I’m very flattered by the petition, my thoughts are definitely with Alex Trebeck’s family and his millions of fans and the devastating loss of this irreplaceable legend," he added.

'Jeopardy!' producers have not said whether the show will continue after Trebek's final episode airs on Christmas Day. They also revealed that they haven't entertained the idea of the next host yet.

Betting odds list Burton as the third most-likely to take over. In the running are also Greatest of All Time “Jeopardy!” winner Ken Jennings, who recently took on the role of the show’s consulting producer and brand ambassador, and "Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos.

The 59-year-old has even revealed he was interested in the role telling Howard Stern in May: "I think it would be a lot of fun," adding, "But I like what I'm doing, too."

Stephanopoulos acknowledged that he would have "big shoes to fill."

Rounding out the top five are astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak. Betters would get $1,600 for every $100 bet for Burton, Tyson, and Sajak.

Other options include Joe Rogan, Pat Sajak, James Holzhauer, Oprah Winfrey, Betty White, and even President Donald Trump, though he's a longshot with the 30th place on the list.

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