Earlier this week, LeVar Burton introduced that he’s taking his identify out of the hat of potential candidates to host Jeopardy! after the present’s government producer Mike Richards was compelled to resign from the job following controversial feedback. Many consider the gig ought to go to the previous Studying Rainbow host, who was a visitor host on this system earlier this yr and overtly expressed his curiosity within the job previous to White being introduced.
Nonetheless, Los Angeles Occasions journalist Steve Battaglio appears to consider that Burton’s newest assertion about taking himself out of the working was disingenuous. Battaglio speculated on Twitter that, if Burton was supplied the Jeopardy! internet hosting job, he would take it “in a heartbeat.”
Please. If supplied, he would take it in a heartbeat.
— Stephen Battaglio (@SteveBattaglio) September 18, 2021
Although Burton wasn’t tagged it Battaglio’s tweet, he discovered it anyway and issued a direct response:
In his reply to Burton, Battaglio rapidly backpettled, tweeting: “OK! I consider you. I hope you land one thing very large, very quickly. Sorry everyone.” Battaglio then suggested everybody watching the trade from the sidelines to “transfer on,” to which Burton replied: not so quick.
No, Stephen… you don’t get a move. You made faulty assumptions about me and made them public. All through this complete ordeal I’ve carried out my utmost finest to take the excessive street regardless of the quantity of vitriol and bile some people have felt it essential to put up on my timeline.
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) September 18, 2021
“No, Stephen… you don’t get a move,” tweeted Burton. “You made faulty assumptions about me and made them public. All through this complete ordeal I’ve carried out my utmost finest to take the excessive street regardless of the quantity of vitriol and bile some people have felt it essential to put up on my timeline.”
After one other journalist, Staci D. Kramer, posted the forwards and backwards between Burton and Battaglio on social media, the Emmy-winning actor shared a hilarious response:
Moreover, Burton stated he had “perspective” on the entire ordeal that he’s selecting to maintain quiet about proper now and that all of it could come out in a future memoir. One factor’s for sure although: he’s not going to be the following everlasting host of Jeopardy!.
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