LeVar Burton opens up about losing out on Jeopardy! hosting gig

LeVar Burton opens up about losing out on Jeopardy! hosting gig
LeVar Burton opens up about  losing out on Jeopardy! hosting gig

LeVar Burton is opening up about losing out on the highly sought Jeopardy! hosting gig to actress Mayim Bialik and the since removed Ken Jennings.

After the late and great Alex Trebek's passing, there was a desperate search to crown the next host of the beloved trivia show.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Burton stressed that he is 'not devastated' about not being chosen and, instead, he's grateful for the opportunities that have arisen since.

True champ: LeVar Burton is opening up about losing out on the highly sought Jeopardy! hosting gig to actress Mayim Bialik and the since removed Ken Jennings; LeVar seen in 2019

True champ: LeVar Burton is opening up about losing out on the highly sought Jeopardy! hosting gig to actress Mayim Bialik and the since removed Ken Jennings; LeVar seen in 2019 

'I put myself out there and publicly stated that I wanted the job on Jeopardy!' Burton, 64,  told the publication.

 'When I didn’t get the job, there was a lot of unnecessary concern that I was devastated, when in fact I wasn't. I was disappointed, but I wasn't devastated.' 

The Roots star continued: 'As a public personality, who you are is commented on and subject to the whims of people who don't know you. In the age of social media, you have access to the good, the bad, and the ugly of what people think about you, [like] seeing on my Twitter, Oh, he was terrible! He was the worst of all the guest hosts. He s**t the bed!" S**t the bed?' 

While pontificating, he added, 'I don't think I was that bad! You gotta have thick skin. As Forrest Gump would say, "That’s all I'm gonna say about that."'       

Humble: In a recent interview with Rolling Stone , Burton stressed that he is 'not devastated' about not being chosen and, instead, he's grateful for the opportunities that have arisen since; seen in May

Humble: In a recent interview with Rolling Stone , Burton stressed that he is 'not devastated' about not being chosen and, instead, he's grateful for the opportunities that have arisen since; seen in May 

Alex Trebek served as host of the daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! from its premiere in 1984 until his tragic death in 2020.

In the wake of his passing producer and podcaster Ken Jennings served as the first interim host.

Between January and February 2021, additional guest hosts were announced, including executive producer Mike Richards; television news personalities Katie Couric, Bill Whitaker, Savannah Guthrie, and Anderson Cooper. 

NFL star Aaron Rodgers, talk show Mehmet Oz, and actress and

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