Laver Burton, star of “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek”, is speaking in response to a fan’s plea that he made a call to replace the late Alex Trebek as the next host of “Trades”!
Trebek, 80, died last week after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the face of the popular game show for over 30 years.
Earlier this week, a petition was made for Burton to become a “petition”! Host was started on Change.org.
“Between hosting 21 seasons of the Educational Reading Rainbow, the role of brainy engineer Geordie La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the ever-important mini-series to fill Kunta Kinte’s role in Roots, Laver Burton inspired and set the mind Shaped. For many generations of trivia-loving nerds. This petition is to show Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and producers Mike Richards and Harry Freedman how much the public’s love for Burton is, and we’ll see him as the next How much I would love to see. Host of danger! “It reads.
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Three days after the petition went live, as of Saturday afternoon, it had more than 74,200 signatures. The target was 75,000.
Burton fanned the petition and responded positively to it in a tweet on Thursday.
“Even if there is nothing, I cannot tell how much I appreciate your love and support!” Burton wrote with a link to the petition.
In another tweet, he reiterated his appreciation but also shared a note in honor of Trebek and his family.
“Of course, while I’m flattering by petition, my thoughts are definitely with the devastating loss of the Alex Trebek (sic) family and their millions of fans and this irreplaceable legend,” she wrote with the hashtag #LongLiveAlex.
“Jeopardy!” Plans for a replacement are yet to be announced. Soon after Trebek’s death, executive producer Mike Richards shared some insights into how the television icon spent his last day.
Alex is watching Traffic Spice horting on his last day with his wife’s life
“Also in his book, he described that he wanted his last day to sit on his swing next to his wife, Jean, and to look at the horizon, and he got to do it,” Richards told the “Today Show ” told.
He said Trebek has always been particularly fond of the swing and even decided himself earlier this year. Richards said the host was very “easy”.
Trebek hosted “Danger”! Since 1984, presided over 8,000 episodes. He regularly talked about how much he loved hosting popular game shows and credited fans with encouraging him for his cancer treatment. When production stalled due to the coronovirus epidemic, he was one of the loudest voices calling for the show to return safely.
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Richards shared a statement with Fox News after Treb’s death, calling it a “massive loss” to the show’s staff and crew, as well as her fans.
He said, ‘He was such a veteran of the industry that we were fortunate to watch the film night after night for 37 years. Been working with him for the last year and a half as he bravely hosted ‘Japani’. Was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to the highest level of performance, the most inspiring display of courage I’ve ever seen. Richards said that his constant desire to learn, his kindness and his professionalism will always be with all of us.
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During his career, Trebek earned several awards, including the best game show host with five Emmy wins, a lifetime achievement award from the TV Academy in 2011, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an official nominee. Canada’s Order in 2017 – the country’s second-highest civilian honor.
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.