Taking on the job of hosting “Jeopardy
!” is a cursed affair. With Mike Richards
fallen, Mayim Bialik
and Ken Jennings are now set to take over for the rest of the year. But there was a time when LeVar Burton
was thought to be the logical successor to the late Alex Trebek
. And while the actor hosted the show briefly in July, it turns out that a more permanent position on the series wasn’t what he wanted.
As Burton revealed to Trevor Noah
— via NBC News
— guest-hosting “Jeopardy!
” helped him realize that he didn’t want the gig ultimately.
“The crazy thing is that when you set your sights on something […] 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 told Trevor Noah on Thursday night. “What I wanted was to compete.