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LeVar Burton reveals ‘actual problem’ of guest hosting ‘Jeopardy!’

I’ll take difficult jobs for $1,000.

Actor LeVar Burton says he’s jumped out of airplanes and walked over scorching coals.

But little ready him for the stress of hosting “Jeopardy!”

“This was a real challenge,” the actor told The Associated Press.

Even his spouse and make-up artist, Stephanie Cozart Burton, was not impressed by his preliminary effort.

“I got here backstage after taping the primary episode and I mentioned to Stephanie, ‘Well, how did I do?’

“She said, ‘ehhh.’”

Burton, identified for his roles in “Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Reading Rainbow,” is one of a number of celebrities brazenly vying to switch the enduring Alex Trebek as host of “Jeopardy!”

Trebek hosted the present from 1984 till his dying in November 2020. Art Fleming led “Jeopardy!” within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies and is the present’s solely different full-time host.

Trebek was a broadly beloved host of the present earlier than his dying.

Burton obtained simply sooner or later of rehearsal earlier than taping 5 episodes in sooner or later. Those exhibits will air this week, beginning Monday. Other celebrities who’ve tried out for the job embrace Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Aaron Rodgers.

Burton’s effort to develop into the subsequent full-time host was boosted by a web based petition that generated greater than 250,000 signatures.

The present is far totally different when you get behind the rostrum, mentioned Burton.

“Being at home, it feels like really relaxed half hour, but it’s not relaxed at all,” he mentioned. “You can’t let your focus drop for a nanosecond.”

Burton’s spouse gave him a lukewarm review of his first “Jeopardy!” taping.
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His consolation stage rapidly improved after a troublesome first taping.

“You’re not going to be smooth as Alex, let go of that. But what you can bring to the table is you. So that became my point of focus. And when it did, I started having fun.”