LeVar Burton tapped to host 'Trivial Pursuit' game show after losing out on ‘Jeopardy!’ gig

Actor LeVar Burton attend the Global Learning XPRIZE Foundation Grand-prize Awards at Google Playa Vista Office on May 15, 2019 in Playa Vista, California.
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Of all the possible new hosts that went through the great “Jeopardy!” hosting sweepstakes of 2021, fans of the legendary game show seemed to like LeVar Burton the best after he guest hosted this summer.

And Burton loved doing it. He was reportedly pretty bummed about being passed up -- especially after one of the two new chosen co-hosts was soon ditched.

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Well the beloved “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor and former “Reading Rainbow” host got over that slight quickly, as he has been announced as host of the new, eagerly anticipated "Trivial Pursuit" game show that’s being developed by Entertainment One, per Variety.

"'Trivial Pursuit' is one of the best-known brands in the gaming universe,” Burton, 64, said in a statement. “I am thrilled to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium show for television."

And Tara Long, president of global unscripted television for eOne, echoed that excitement. "LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades,” said Long, “from ‘Roots’ to ‘Reading Rainbow’ to ‘Star Trek’ and beyond. His love for intellectual curiosity paired with his ability to connect with audiences worldwide make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to households in a new and exciting way."

From his recent statements during a “The Daily Show” chat, Burton seems to have left any lingering “Jeopardy!” disappointment in the past.

"The crazy thing is that when you set your sights on something... they say be careful of what you wish for," Burton said, "because what I found out is that it wasn’t the thing that I wanted after all. 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?’”

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