LeVar Burton is 'proud' to honor Alex Trebek's legacy while making 'danger' hosting debut

LeVar Burton is finally taking his place behind the podium. After a massive push from fans to see Burton take the helm as the new Danger!host, the star began her series of guest episodes on Monday.

Before the game began, Burton took the stage and delivered a message to the watching fans, in which he shared his gratitude and hope that he lived up to Alex Trebek’s indelible legacy during his time as the show’s temporary trivia teacher. .

“As a longtime viewer of the show, I am delighted to have the opportunity to be the guest host. Danger! And I’m proud to be here to honor Alex’s legacy, “shared Burton.” I will do my best to ensure that these talented Danger! contestants also enjoy their moment here. “

Burton, best known for his roles in Rainbow reading, roots Y Star Trek: The Next Generation – will be the guest host until July 30.

Burton’s time on the show comes as part of a rotating lineup of guest hosts who took on the role following Trebek’s death in November following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The winner of nine Emmy Awards was the host of the show for 40 years, during his fight with cancer and until his death.

Unlike many of the guest hosts who have run the show in recent months, Burton has long been a fan favorite to be named a permanent host. Efforts have included a widely circulated petition, which Burton has verbally endorsed.

On Monday, many of Burton’s fans took to social media to share their love and support for his time behind the story. Danger! podium.

Burton opened in The Tamron Hall Show Monday morning about taking on the challenge of entering Trebek’s incomparable game show, and said he feels it is a “good fit” for him.

“I think having the hosting job Danger!, to me, it feels like a natural progression, “he explained.” It encompasses almost everything that I have been doing for the last 45 years of my career. It just seems like a good fit to me. “

“That’s why I was so public about it,” he shares. “I could have backfired, but I felt that if I didn’t do everything I could to defend the position, I would never forgive myself. So I took a chance and was very, very public about wanting the position.”

Burton is one of six hosts in Danger!final round of invited hosts to close out season 37 of the game show.

The show’s Instagram account announced its final lineup in April, which along with Burton, included television personalities Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Faber and Joe Buck.