After campaigning for himself to take Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s place, LeVar Burton says he no longer wants the gig. Burton made the revelation during a recent appearance on The Daily Show.
“I made it public that I wanted it for myself, that it made sense to me, and they were all about it,” the former Reading Rainbow star told Trevor Noah. “It made as much sense to them as it did to me. And, so, they wanted it for me as much as I wanted it.”
But now, Burton says he can’t see himself in the position. “The crazy thing is that when you set your sights on something, you know, they say be careful of what you wish for, because what I found out is that it wasn’t the thing that I wanted after all,” he said. “What I wanted was to compete. I mean, I wanted the job, right, but then, when I didn’t get it, it was, like, well, okay, what’s next? And, so, the opportunities that have come my way as a result of not getting that gig, I couldn’t have dreamt it up. If you had given me a pen and paper and said, well, so what do you want this to really look like? If it doesn’t include Jeopardy, I wouldn’t have been this generous to myself.”
Burton did get his shot at the once-coveted job, taping for a one-week stint as a guest host of the show. He says he’s not open to return in a guest host capacity but is interested in other game shows. “Now I’m thinking, well, it does kind of make sense, let me see what I can do,” he told Noah. “So we’re trying to figure out what the right game show for LeVar Burton would be.”