Mike Richards Is In Advanced Negotiations To Host Jeopardy, And Now Fans Want Justice For LeVar Burton

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Dry your tears, everyone. Apparently, former Reading Rainbow host and '90s kid icon LeVar Burton will not be the next host of Jeopardy.

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According to a new report in Variety, Mike Richards is in advanced negotiations to host the show.

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Mike is currently the executive producer of the longtime quiz show, which was previously hosted by Alex Trebek for 36 years prior to his death in November 2020.

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After the longtime host passed away, Sony had a series of guests host the series in hopes of finding a permanent host.

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Many fans called for LeVar to take over the hosting duties, which he did for a week as a guest host, but it looks like ultimately the job won't be going to him.

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And, of course, the internet has a lot to say about that decision.

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Author Luvvie said, "Y'all could have a whole iconic LeVar Burton but you picking Chad McWhiterson for...what???"

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This person is giving Jeopardy the side eye.

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Another fan compared Mike Richards to the Joker.

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Comedian James III said LeVar didn't "...Teach the entire world to read just so y'all could do this shit."

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Another Twitter user asked the question on everyone's mind: Who even is Mike Richards?

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Vice president Kamala Harris's niece even chimed in with her two cents.

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Writer Charlotte Clymer said, "I can't believe we're even having this discussion. He's the obvious choice."

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Finally, this person summed it up with a simple thought: "We want LeVar Burton."

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Keeping it classy, LeVar tweeted out his response to the news:

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Maybe it's not too late to reconsider, Sony? Or a great time for another network to give LeVar his own show. Might I suggest Reading Rainbow the Game Show? Has a nice ring to it!

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