Fans of Levar Burton can rejoice: the “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star is joining the roster of interim hosts for “Jeopardy!”. The show made the announcement Wednesday, after a long campaign to have the former “Reading Rainbow” host step into the shoes of Alex Trebek, who died last year and whose iconic hosting role has since been filled by a rotating group of celebrities and TV personalities.
Burton, a lifelong children’s literacy advocate who hosted the PBS show “Reading Rainbow,” expressed his delight over the news on Twitter. Joining him on the list of temporary hosts are “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” anchor George Stephanopoulos, author and former “Jeopardy! Celebrity” champion David Faber and award-winning sportscaster Joe Buck.