LeVar Burton scores 'rosy' new gig after being passed over as 'Jeopardy!' host

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 13: LeVar Burton attends Sir Patrick Stewart placing his handprints and footprints In cement at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on January 13, 2020 in Hollywood, California.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 13: LeVar Burton attends Sir Patrick Stewart placing his handprints and footprints In cement at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on January 13, 2020 in Hollywood, California. Photo credit David Livingston/Getty Images
By , KNX 1070 Newsradio

Despite not being named host of "Jeopardy!" everything is coming up roses for LeVar Burton.

The 64-year-old actor will be the grand marshal for the 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses, according to KTLA.

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The announcement was made on Tuesday morning where Burton expressed his excitement.

“I come from a family for whom the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl game to follow, has been a part of our family for years and years,” he said. “We are over the moon, beyond thrilled to be a part of this amazing event.”

Burton is best known for his roles on “Star Trek” and the miniseries “Roots”, as well as for being the host and executive producer of the PBS show “Reading Rainbow.”

The theme for the parade will be "Dream. Believe. Achieve."

As grand marshal, Burton will ride in the 133rd Rose Parade and join in on pre-game celebrations at the Rose Bowl Game

The Rose Parade was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic with residents watching the parade on TV.

This parade will be held on Jan. 1, 2022 at 8 a.m.

Considered a fan-favorite for the "Jeopardy!" gig, Burton initially pitched himself for the job.

After getting a shot behind the podium as a guest host this summer, the show announced in August that former executive producer Mike Richards would take over as permanent host. Weeks later, Richards stepped down after controversial comments from his past surfaced.

Mayim Bialik and former contestant Ken Jennings have since been tapped to host the show for the rest of this season.

Burton has since made peace with the situation and believes the hosting job was not meant for him.

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