Ryan Reynolds reveals his top pick for next ‘Jeopardy!’ host after Mike Richards' exit

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Ryan Reynolds is weighing in on who he thinks should be the next host of “Jeopardy!”

The “Deadpool” star, 44, showed support for a possible contender for the newly-vacant job after Mike Richards, the longtime executive producer of the popular game show, stepped down from the hosting gig.

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On Friday, Richards announced he would be ending his brief run as host in an internal memo after discrimination lawsuits from 2010 and 2011 resurfaced, which alleged he mistreated colleagues while serving as an executive producer on “The Price Is Right.”

"It pains me that these past incidents and comments have cast such a shadow on Jeopardy! as we look to start a new chapter," Richards wrote in the memo.

So who’s Deadpool’s top choice for the job? LeVar Burton.

Burton, who was one of the many celebrity guest hosts on the game show following Alex Trebek's death, has received an outpouring of support from his fans who are rallying to see him behind the “Jeopardy!” podium.

Reynolds appeared to agree as he took to Twitter make comparisons between Burton's potential path and his own journey towards landing the role as Marvel superhero, Deadpool.

"Pretty consistently from 2013 to 2015 Deadpool would explode on Twitter with fans wanting me to play him," he tweeted. "It was awkward because I agreed with them but the studio didn't see it. Ultimately the fans won and the rest is glorious history. I'm forever grateful."

The actor ended his tweet with the hintful nod, “Hi @levarburton.”

Burton previously spoke to The Associated Press about his experience working as a guest host on the show.

“This was a real challenge,” the 64-year-old actor said. “I was more than nervous. I was absolutely petrified and I don’t know if that feeling will ever go away.”

Alex Trebek worked as the host of the show from 1984 until his death in November 2020 and Burton spoke on his admiration for the late broadcast legend.

“Alex did this for 37 years. The man was like butter,” Burton said. “For me, I think all in all, I’m going to walk away happy tonight.”

"Jeopardy!" will resume having celebrity guest hosts until a permanent replacement is chosen.

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