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LeVar Burton makes 'Jeopardy!' hosting debut

Famed actor LeVar Burton made his long-awaited debut as a guest host on "Jeopardy!" on Monday. 

Burton said during the show that he was "thrilled to have the opportunity," calling himself a "longtime viewer" who is "proud" to help honor the legacy of late host Alex Trebek.

Trebek, who hosted the game show for nearly four decades, died at the age of 80 in November, more than a year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Burton, the former host and executive producer of "Reading Rainbow" on PBS, is among a number of celebrities the show has selected to appear as a guest MCs in recent months.

Others include journalist Katie Couric, "60 Minutes" correspondent Bill Whitaker, celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts. 

The show revealed back in April that Burton, who has 13 Emmy Awards and a Peabody, would be among the stars to appear as guests host during season 37 of "Jeopardy!"

The announcement came after a push led by supporters of the actor, who is also known for his roles on "Roots" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," went viral months back, with droves of fans advocating for him to be the show's new permanent host.

Burton will serve as guest-host through Friday.

"Jeopardy!" surged to the list of Twitter's top 10 trending items in the U.S. on Monday evening after the star made his debut.

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