LeVar Burton shares his thoughts after recording guest-hosting episodes of Jeopardy!

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He’s jumped out of airplanes and walked over hot coals, but Star Trek: subsequent Generation’s Geordi La Forge, LeVar Burton, found hosting Jeopardy! a “real challenge” and “really, really, really scary.” Yes, this is often the week that Burton is taking his turn guest hosting the long-lasting giveaway and vying to become only the third host of the show since it began in 1964, following Art Fleming and, of course, Alex Trebek. Trebek hosted Jeopardy! for the higher part of four decades, from 1984 until shortly before his death last year. As a part of the guest-hosting gig, Jeopardy! also will match this week’s winnings to profit Burton’s chosen charity, Reading is prime. Burton spoke with the Associated Press last week after pre-recording his episodes. He had let the producers know of his interest in hosting, but his candidacy was also supported by a petition drive, which has garnered quite 250,000 signatures so far.

Burton said he had at some point of rehearsal then, subsequent day, he filmed five back-to-back episodes. His wife, Stephanie Cozart Burton, was there to try to do his makeup and ended up coaching him after the primary episode didn’t end up to their liking. He told himself, “You’re not getting to be as smooth as Alex, abandoning of that. But what you’ll bring back to the table is you. in order that became my point of focus. And when it did, I started having fun.”

Burton sees the show as a chance to bring something educational also as entertaining, like his other work. And he said that for the subsequent host to be an individual of color would be yet one more first that might say something about us and be a chance to continue the conversations around whiteness because of the normative default.

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