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LeVar Burton: 'Jeopardy!' host gig began 'scary,' ended fun

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-26 18:51:40-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeVar Burton’s quest to become the new host of “Jeopardy!” has been a confident, upbeat effort by the actor and those who rooted him on with a petition drive.

But when he began taping his week’s share of episodes as one of a succession of guest hosts, the show’s pace and the challenge of following in Alex Trebek’s much-admired footsteps threw Burton off stride.

It made for a rough start to the five back-to-back tapings.

So the veteran actor known for “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” turned to his wife for advice and was told to be himself. Burton's “Jeopardy!” episodes begin airing Monday.