LeVar Burton had a fight Danger! The guest accommodation stay got off to a terrifying start on Monday – and we’re not referring to that unfortunate record that was set in the episode. In an interview with The Associated Press, the beloved Rainbow reading The vet said he had a severe case of nervousness from day one.
“I jumped from planes, I walked on hot coals … [but] it was a real challenge, ”he admitted. “I came back behind the scenes after recording the first episode and told [my wife] Stephanie [Cozart Burton], ‘Well, how did I do it?’ She said, ‘Ehhh. ‘ Now she’s a woman who loves me enough to tell me the truth. She said it wasn’t me.
Burton says he became more comfortable with the job as the week progressed. “I took care of the next four batting chances to be myself, to forget the procedure, to forget the process, to stop trying, to stop focusing on the wrong thing,” said he declared to the AP. “You are not going to be smooth like Alex [Trebek], drop that. But what you can bring to the table is you. So it became my focal point. And when it happened, I started having fun.
Burton recently confessed Magazine du New York Times that “it’ll hurt” if he’s skipped for the full-time gig. “But if that happens, I’ll get over it,” he added. “I’ll be fine. Remember: everything is going perfectly and for a reason. It’s my flaw. Everything will be alright. Because it still is.
A final decision on Trebek’s permanent successor as host is expected to be made next month.
“Our goal has been to introduce a wide variety of guest hosts with different skills and backgrounds on our way to finding a permanent host,” said EP Mike Richards, who himself has been acting host himself. “Our passionate fans tell us what they like and we listen to them. All of the guest hosts brought individualism, energy and a genuine love of our show to each of their episodes.
Ahead of Burton’s July 30 swan song, we have to ask ourselves: how does he stack up against his guest rivals, who, in addition to Richards, include GOAT contender Ken Jennings, ex-Today host Katie Couric, polarizing health guru Dr. Mehmet Oz, NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper and CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, 60 minutes‘ Bill Whitaker, Danger! champion Buzzy Cohen, The Big Bang Theory the veterinarian Mayim Bialik, Todayby Savannah Guthrie and GMA co-hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts? (For the record, the list of remaining guest hosts includes CNBC’s David Faber and sports presenter Joe Buck.) Vote below!