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As the long and much-publicized saga of the search for a new full-time "Jeopardy!" host continues, it looks like fan-favorite LeVar Burton might have dodged a bullet. And it sounds like he might even agree.
Since the search for a replacement for the late, great Alex Trebek began last November, Burton, who formerly hosted "Reading Rainbow," emerged as a leading fan pick, propelled by his legions of loyal followers. A change.org petition for Burton to succeed Trebek has more than 300,000 signatures.
"I discovered then that the generation of adults now, who grew up on 'Reading Rainbow' — they were down with whatever it is I wanted to do, and the same was true with this 'Jeopardy!' thing," Burton told Noah. "I made it public that I wanted it for myself, that it made sense to me, and they were all about it. It made as much sense to them as it did to me. And, so, they wanted it for me as much as I wanted it."
Of course, for reasons unknown, the "Jeopardy!" search committee, which included Mike Richards, had other plans, initially selecting Richards and actress Mayim Bialik as co-hosts. The show has since been mired in scandal over choosing Richards, when previous lawsuits against Richards and sexist, racist comments he made on a 2014 podcast came to light.
Richards parted ways with the show, but Burton made it clear to Noah that he's no longer interested in being considered.
"The crazy thing is that when you set your sights on something, you know, they say be careful of what you wish for, because what I found out is that it wasn't the thing that I wanted after all," Burton explained. "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?"
Since not being chosen by "Jeopardy!," Burton revealed he's received numerous "opportunities that have come my way as a result of not getting that gig" — opportunities that he "couldn't have dreamt up."
"If you had given me a pen and paper and said, 'Well, so what do you want this to really look like?' If it doesn't include 'Jeopardy!' I wouldn't have been this generous to myself," he said.
In other words, as Noah put it, for Burton, "Jeopardy!" was really just "the shipwreck that leads you to the magical island."
When Noah then suggested Burton start his own game show, the "Star Trek: Next Generation" star – who produces his own podcast "LeVar Burton Reads" – seemed open to this idea. "There's got to be some sort of game show in and around books. There's got to be something in that world," said Noah.
"We are working on creating exactly what that is," said Burton. "I never thought about hosting any other game show outside of 'Jeopardy!.' But now, they went in a different direction with their show, which is their right, and now I'm thinking, well, it does kind of make sense, let me see what I can do. So we're trying to figure out what the right game show for LeVar Burton would be."
This week, "Jeopardy!" announced that as it continues its search for a full-time co-host for Bialik, Ken Jennings, a former contestant and the guest host who received the highest ratings this past season, will co-host on an interim basis through the rest of 2021. The trivia show clearly has a lot to figure out these days — but Burton, on the other hand, sounds like he's exactly where he needs to be.
You can watch Burton's full "Daily Show" interview with Trevor Noah below.
LeVar Burton - Growing Up Reading & His Dreams of Hosting “Jeopardy!” | The Daily Show www.youtube.com
The U.S. geological survey on reported a 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurred at approximately 8 p.m. local time.
"The earthquake was felt across Southern California, from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Ana. The temblor occurred less than a mile from West Carson, one mile from Los Angeles, two miles from Torrance and two miles from Long Beach," the Los Angeles Times reported. "An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0 occur per year in the greater Los Angeles area, according to a recent three year data sample."
Breaking: A magnitude 4.4 earthquake was reported Friday evening in Carson, according to the @USGS The earthquake… https://t.co/WDA3w9R49c— Los Angeles Times (@Los Angeles Times) 1631934336.0
HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher's critiques of a "tax the rich" dress worn to the Met Gala did not go over well with his panel.
Maher said that in New York City, the "richest 65,000 New Yorkers, out of eight million people, pay 61% of taxes.
"So it's not like we don't tax the rich at all," Maher said.
"We've been slashing taxes on the rich for for fifty years, though," sex columnist Dan Savage noted.
"The rich are richer now than they've ever been," he continued as Maher failed to interject. "And the lie we've been told the whole time we've been cutting taxes on the rich, is that if the rich have the most money they can possibly have, we will all benefit, we will all have jobs and it's a lie and it hasn't come true."
"And we need to go back to the high tax rates we used to have," Savage concluded.
Gillian Tett, the chair of the editorial board at the Financial Times, also rebutted the host.
Tett noted that "the gap between rich and poor has been rising and rising, so it's not surprising that the rich are paying a large percentage of the tax."
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