LeVar Burton didn't land his dream job of hosting Jeopardy! full time, but Ava DuVernay just might have something else in store for him. Soon after Alex Trebek passed away in 2020, fans rallied together with a petition calling for Burton to serve as the next host of the legendary game show. The Reading Rainbow host wound up hosting five episodes toward the end of the season, following a slew of other temporary guest hosts.
It has since been announced that Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards will next serve as the permanent host of the show with Mayim Bialik filling in for the spinoffs. The news was very disappointing to fans of Burton hoping he'd get the job, and among them was DuVernay. Taking to Twitter, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker teased that she was trying to think of a new show for Burton to host that will find success of its own.
"Me trying to create a show right in this moment for @levarburton to host and make an international hit," DuVernay posted along with a GIF of Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy brainstorming. Suggesting that he's already on board, Burton responded with: "Check your DM's!"
Burton had previously praised DuVernay for her work on the 2019 Netflix series When They See Us. In a tweet at the time of its release, the Roots star wrote on Twitter: "I had to keep breathing. Episode #1 nearly broke my heart, however I'll keep watching. This is essential viewing for EVERY American! As essential to your understanding of America as was, Roots! Bravo @ava."
DuVernay responded, "Goodness, that last line got me. Coming from you. Thank you, Mr. Burton."
Disappointing as it might be that Burton won't be hosting Jeopardy! for many fans, the actor has said that he still feels like he's won. What he really wanted was just the opportunity to give it a shot, which he was given with five episodes. He's also grateful for the tremendous support he has received throughout the entire process.
"I have said many times over these past weeks that no matter the outcome, I've won," the Star Trek: The Next Generation star said in a tweet. "The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible! If love is the ultimate blessing and I believe that it is, I am truly blessed beyond measure."
LeVar Burton is very well known for his run as the host of Reading Rainbow, which earned him 12 Daytime Emmy Awards along with a Peabody Award. He is just as celebrated for his roles as Kunta Kinte in Roots and Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation. More recently, he has appeared in shows like NCIS: New Orleans, Weird City, and The Eric Andre Show. In May, it was reported that he'd joined the cast of the Nancy Drew spinoff series Tom Swift.
DuVernay's other created series include Queen Sugar and Cherish the Day for OWN. Her next series co-created with Colin Kaepernick, Colin in Black & White, comes to Netflix in October.