Posted on December 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

LeVar Burton has nabbed another hosting gig for a televised competition: the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

He’ll emcee the semifinals on June 1 and finals on June 2, according to a news release from the bee.

And, the statement notes, those rounds (and earlier ones) will be accessible to more viewers than ever, with free stations ION and Bounce airing the competition in addition to cable channels.

A full broadcast and competition schedule will come out next year.

“To have such a prominent advocate for children’s literacy involved in this special and unique competition is a perfect match,” the spelling bee’s executive director said of Burton.

Burton is known, of course, for hosting and executive producing Reading Rainbow along with starring in Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation and guest-hosting Jeopardy!.

Clearly, he’s accustomed to the spotlight, which will serve him well as grand marshal of January 1’s Rose Bowl Parade.

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