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REPORT: Levar Burton Never Really Serious Contender for ‘Jeopardy!’ Host

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As many suspected, it seems that Levar Burton, never really had a chance to be the late Alex Trebek’s successor to host the syndicated version of Jeopardy!

In a report published by TMZ, their sources note that Burton’s “never been seriously considered for the role.”  Apparently, that could be true across the board with the other notables that got a try-out on TV.

Sony executives were into him as a guest host, but never as a permanent one, and that the only two ever really in contention were Mike Richards and Mayam Bialik.

As the saga goes thus far, Richards stepped down after being named the host when several previous offensive comments and lawsuits were dredged up, which now has Mike continuing on as the EP of the series, but also having to undergo ‘sensitivity training’ for his previous actions and remarks.

Bialik, got the nod as the primetime specials host of Jeopardy!

TMZ reports that Bialik was the choice also for the syndicated version, but her schedule would not allow her to do both, so they gave the job to Richards.

Now, Bialik is currently taping a three-week guest stint to kick-off the new season of the syndicated game show that will air in September.

Sources are saying that Burton, “Has has no hard feelings — he got his shot at guest hosting, which is what he really wanted, and he gave it his all.”

The good news for Levar is that several production companies have come calling about featuring him in other projects created specifically for him.

So, did you think Levar ever had a real chance to be the permanent host of syndicated Jeopardy!? Share your thoughts below.

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Satan
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Satan

Well, Mike Richards will never be part of Star Trek, or even one of the most successful TV mini series of all time (Roots) so…. Geordi LaForge for the win!!

rose
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rose

Satan…Yes! And as Geordie he did cross paths with Mayim on Big Bang Theory.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

That is a shame because i thought Levar would be good.

Steve
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Steve

Having watched all the guest hosts (Dr. Oz for only 5 minutes of one episode), LeVar (proper spelling) was just middle-of-the road with his hosting week. My expectations were high based on all the publicity, but in the end his wasn’t one of the standout performances.

Richards should step down from the EP role as his job is tainted going forward.

Carrie
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Carrie

LeVar has always wanted to be a part of Jeopardy. I didn’t watch, but I’m hoping maybe he was just nervous because he had wanted the job for so long? Too bad Jeopardy won’t give him another chance to try-out. I like Mayim too. I like them both.

Damien
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Damien

So after the brutal Mike Richards witchhunt the fans responsible for his obvi firing still wont get their wish….

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Mike Richards is responsible for his own firing. The Jeopardy hosting job is one of the highest profile in television. As the first host after Alex Trebek died he set a very high standard. He was good but by choosing himself as the new host it tainted the audition process which fans were heavily invested in. And his failure to vet himself which was his job as the producer was fatal.

Steve
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Steve

So, how is it a “witch-hunt” when everything that has come to light actually happened? No words or facts were twisted.

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Nancy Lee Grahn Debuted 25 Years Ago Today as General Hospital’s Alexis Davis

Back on September 26th, 1996, (25 years ago today!) the new character of Alexis Davis made her debut on ABC’s General Hospital, and brought to the iconic soap opera, the talents of Nancy Lee Grahn.

Grahn, had already made a name for herself with her captivating portrayal of lawyer Julia Wainwright Capwell on Santa Barbara for which she won a Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1989, in a tie with AMC’s Debbi Morgan.

Back in April, General Hospital, marked this milestone with a special episode for Grahn, that could be remembered come next year’s Emmys.

Alexis, or shall we call her “Natasha”, was introduced on GH as the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine and his mistress, whose throat was slit by Helena Cassadine, which has played into Alexis’ story for many years to come.  At the time of her entrance to the show, Wendy Riche was GH’s executive producer.

Through the years, viewers have witnessed Grahn’s portrayal of: a tough legal eagle, an honest depiction of a woman battling the bottle, failed romances, while all the time being a loving and faithful mother to her three daughters, Sam, Molly, and Kristina.

Nancy won her second Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy, this time for her role as Alexis in 2012, and has been a multi-nominee in the Lead Actress category for her performances on the ABC daytime drama series.

Here’s to Nancy for giving us 25 years of her on-screen work as Alexis!

Congratulate Nancy and tell us your favorite Alexis Davis moments via the comment section below.

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Erika Slezak Shares More on Her Role in Hallmark’s ‘Next Stop, Christmas’ and Its Premiere Date

Good news! The Hallmark Channel has announced that its movie, Next Stop, Christmas which features Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, One Life to Live) will have its debut on Saturday, November 6th at 8pm ET.

Erika took to her website to share a little bit of information for fans of the character she plays in it.  The six-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “I play a wealthy woman who has lived in the town and knows everyone and is loved by everyone and she throws a huge Christmas party every year.  Sorry, that’s all I’m permitted to share.”

Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson star in Next Stop, Christmas, which follows the tale of a woman who takes a train journey to the past.

 

Chandler Massey (Will, Days of our Lives) Eric Freeman, and Lyndsy Fonseca (Ex-Colleen, The Young and the Restless) are also a part of the cast.

So, looking forward to seeing Erika in Next Stop, Christmas come November? Comment below.

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‘The View’s’ Sunny Hostin & Ana Navarro Test Positive for COVID-19; Asked to Leave Studio Ahead Of V.P. Kamala Harris Interview

This morning on The View, an awkward situation arose, when while on the air, co-hosts, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, where asked to leave the panel desk and exit the studio.

All of this happened before a live interview was scheduled to happen with Vice President Kamala Harris.  It was revealed that Hostin and Navarro tested positive for Covid-19, and were ‘breakthrough” cases since they had been previously vaccinated.

Host, Joy Behar delivered the news to the audience at home so they knew what was going on with the bizarre moment playing out on live TV, sharing,  “Ana and Sunny, at the last minute we realized they have tested positive for COVID so they have been taken off of the show.”

Harris, who had planned to join the ladies at the table, instead was going to be interviewed remotely from a different place in the ABC TV studio in New York, while Joy Behar and Sara Haines remained on the set.

As for Kamala Harris, Behar added: “It’s very important we keep her healthy and safe. The Secret Service is doing things to make her feel safe.”

While the delay was announced, Behar and Haines took questions from the in-studio audience.

Watch Behar below explain what was going on.

Then let us know, how do you feel The View handled the situation? Comment below.

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