The next Jeopardy! guest host has been decided after hundreds of thousands of fans lobbied for his place on the show...
Fans will be happy to know their voices have been heard...
After weeks of petitioning.
As we all know, the world sadly lost a legend...
Alex Trebek, tragically passed away due to Cancer last year.
Trebek had been hosting the popular show for over thirty years.
via: GettyAlex took over for the second run of the show after producers decided to bring it back to life. The game show had originally aired in 1964, on NBC. It was created by host and media mogul, Merv Griffin. He even wrote the infamous theme song you hear when Jeopardy! contestants reach the final round.
After having its run on syndicated TV during the late '70s, producers decided to bring back the show for another run.
And the show had been going strong ever since! It's a good thing that there is a bunch of trivia facts floating around in the world these days...
But back in 2019, Trebek had some sad news to share with us.
A Message from Alex Trebek: https://t.co/LbxcIyeTCF— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy!)1551909902.0
Trebek wasn't just a TV host, he was essentially America's dad.
He knew all the answers, and his deep, calming voice was a constant source of knowledge and entertainment for us for so many years.
But that wasn't Trebek's first health scare.
He went on hiatus in January of 2018 after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots from his brain. And, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, better than ever.
And, for a while, it looked like our prayers had been answered...
via: GettyBecause it was announced that Trebek was returning back to work as the host of Jeopardy!. After the initial scare, we'd all been waiting in anticipation for this moment.
The host was still battling the disease.
Even though he was not technically in remission yet, Trebek vowed to keep working while he was "on the mend." One of the nation's favorite treasures said: "I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease."
Sadly that wasn't the case.
It might have been strange to watch him on our screens again knowing his condition, but we were so happy to see him return!
The new season of Jeopardy! with Trebek premiered on September 9th.
But fans were then hit with heartbreaking news.
via: GettyFollowing a loss of a whopping twelve pounds in a single week, plus seeing his "numbers go sky-high," Trebek announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy once more.
"The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that's what I'm doing."
"Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one."
Trebek offered more insight into his battle.
Alongside the jump in numbers, Trebek claimed he was experiencing "excruciating pain" in his back, along with nausea and fatigue.
"So we're back on the chemo."
via: Getty"We'll see if the numbers go down. And if they do... they can't keep doing it forever of course."
"They’ll have to find a new protocol or whatever to administer."
via: Getty"We'll play it by ear and keep chugging along until we either win or lose."
He was always so dedicated to his job, though...
And claimed he'd keep working "as long as my skills do not diminish," although cold sores from his chemo left him struggling to enunciate.
But in November, he finally lost his battle.
According to @TMZ, long-time Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has died. 2020 needs to end.— Courtney Shaw (@Courtney Shaw)1604856295.0
TMZ reported that Trebek lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on November 8th.
And fans of Jeopardy! came up with an idea of who should be the next host...
The petition for LeVar Burton to take over as the host gained a lot of traction...
The online petition has been circulating demanding that Burton be made a guest host.
"Between hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing the brainiac engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and filling the role of Kunta Kinte in the ever-important mini-series Roots, LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds."
It seems it's a popular opinion...
With over 246,000 signatures!
It's been so popular that Burton himself spoke out...
Leaving this here in the event the powers that be are listening... https://t.co/xB3x8atDCv— LeVar Burton (@LeVar Burton)1617678579.0
And now, it appears Burton is going to guest host Jeopardy! after all.
The actor was included in the final batch of Jeopardy! guest hosts for the season.
The decision comes after hundreds of thousands of fans lobbied for Burton to get a shot on the show...
THANK YOU... to all y’all for your passionate support! I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeop… https://t.co/t46yjiaZCg— LeVar Burton (@LeVar Burton)1619032346.0
"THANK YOU... to all y'all for your passionate support!" Burton tweeted Wednesday. "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."
However, Ken Jennings is still a fan-favorite, and the top-rated guest host since Trebek passed...
He remains a strong contender to take over the hosting role next season.
But there's still time...
What do you think of Burton as the Jeopardy! host?
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