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Next 'Jeopardy!' host? Ken Jennings, LeVar Burton among suggestions
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Next 'Jeopardy!' host? Ken Jennings, LeVar Burton among suggestions

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"Jeopardy!" producers have not yet set a timeline for the selection of a new host after Alex Trebek's death following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

But thousands of people have signed a petition calling for actor LeVar Burton to become the new host of the quiz show.

Burton in a pair of Thursday tweets shared the petition, expressing gratitude and telling fans he was "very flattered" by the campaign.

Burton also paid respects to Trebek, whom he called an "irreplaceable legend."

Trebek, 80, died Sunday. He hosted "Jeopardy!" for 37 seasons. New episodes already filmed with Trebek as host will continue to air, in line with his wishes, through Christmas.

Alex Trebek

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years.

Although Trebek had suggested a few potential replacements, the show said it would not announce plans for a new host just yet. Trebek told TMZ in 2018 that he would like LA Kings announcer Alex Faust or CNN legal analyst Laura Coates to replace him.

Another frequently rumored replacement is Ken Jennings, the winningest and perhaps the most famous "Jeopardy!" contestant of all time. The show hired Jennings in the fall as a consulting producer and brand ambassador, but it stopped short of naming him as Trebek's replacement.

A Change.org petition asking the show's production company, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., to consider Burton as the next "Jeopardy!" host had gathered more than 55,000 signatures by Friday morning.

"LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds," the petition reads, in part.

He seems to be up for the task. In September, responding to a tweet from a fan, he wrote: "Not gonna lie, I feel like I've been preparing my whole life to occupy the @Jeopardy host podium when Alex retires."

Burton hosted the PBS educational series "Reading Rainbow" for its entire 21-season run and starred in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and as Kunta Kinte in the miniseries "Roots."

Photos: Looking back at the life of Alex Trebek

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