In an interview on ThursdayThe Daily ShowWith Trevor Noah, the “Reading Rainbow” star says he has moved on from trying to play the role made famous by the late Alex Trebek and is focusing on other opportunities.
“I made it public that I wanted it for myself, that it made sense to me,” he told Noah, adding that his loyal fans also followed him.
He said, “The crazy thing is when you set your eyes on something, they say ‘be careful what you wish for,’ because I found out it wasn’t the thing I wanted. “
“All I wanted was to compete. I mean I wanted a job, right? But when I didn’t get it it was like ‘Okay, what’s next?’ What was it like?”
64-year-old actor filled in as guest host After a vocal social media campaign from Burton and his fans to make him the next host at the beloved game show in July. a Change.org Petition There are nearly 300,000 signatures in support of his bid.
Finally, “Danger!” Designated Executive Producer mike richards as the next permanent host, but he quickly fell after Richards re-emerged from the previous offensive remarks and sacked him From both the hosting job and the executive producer. The game show has since featured actress Mayim Bialik and former “Jeopardy!” Champion Ken Jennings To split hosting duties for the rest of the year. A new permanent host has not been named.
Burton told Noah that he is now thinking of another game show he might host, possibly one that includes literature.
“(‘Danger!’) went in a different direction with their show, which is their right. And now I’m thinking, ‘Well this kinda matters. Let me see what I can do.’ So we’re trying to figure out what would be the right game show for LeVar Burton.”
Just who is Burton? Here’s everything you need to know:
Hosting ‘Reading Rainbow’ Was One of Burton’s Biggest Roles
Look, it’s in a book – a reading rainbow!
If you were in elementary school any time between 1983 and 2009, chances are you still have those songs and the rest of the “Reading Rainbow” theme song recorded somewhere in your mind.
Burton hosted the PBS show for 26 years, winning several Daytime Emmy Awards in the process.
He had some run-ins with Alex Trebek
Burton told Granthshala that “Celebrity Jeopardy” Wins! One of his proudest moments is in 1995. By that time, she hadn’t had much conversation with Trebek, but she did remember the time she ran into the beloved host backstage at a taping in Las Vegas.
“He was incredibly sleek. You get that on TV. In person it’s even more obvious how comfortable he was. And relaxed. And very, very, very, very smooth. Just comfortable. And I know that How much work it takes to make it looks so easy,” he said of Trebek.
He loves ‘Danger’!
“Danger!” Beyond his own experience playing, Burton is a huge fan of the game.
“I’ve seen it almost every night my whole life, or since (I) was in fifth grade. Like everyone else in America, I just think about the world of sports. Because I think we all have to.” What we know is a very high-pressure situation. So it’s as popular as it is.”
Her breakthrough role was the ABC miniseries ‘Roots’
In 1977, the historic ABC mini-series brought the horrors of American slavery to the forefront of pop culture and broke ratings records in the process. Tracking the lives of slave hero Kunta (Burton) and his family, the century-long drama was based on themes of identity, heritage and facing one’s past in order to move on.
“Roots” was revived in 2016 with Burton serving as co-executive producer.
“If you’re living in America now, the story of slavery is relevant to you, because it has shaped the country and culture in which you live, whether you want to admit it or not.” Burton tells Granthshala the time of history’s four-part remake.
He also starred in ‘Star Trek’
Burton starred as Geordi La Forge at the beginning of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1987.
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