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Ryan Reynolds Just Took A Shot At Jeopardy! And Twitter Is Loving It

The story so far:

Following the death of beloved TV gameshow host Alex Trebek, the world of "Jeopardy!" was thrown into chaos. Trebek's shoes were going to be nearly impossible to fill — his buttoned-down, considered oeuvre brought a quiet dignity to network television's nightly celebration of human intellect, competitiveness, and button pushing.

Guest hosts were brought on board by way of an unofficial audition process, and the smart money seemed to be on LeVar Burton. Burton had everything — the smarts, the celebrity, the decades of experience telling people to read a book for goodness sake. All of that made the announcement that longtime "Jeopardy!" producer Mike Richards would be stepping up as the new host of the show.

While that announcement would be walked back not long after it was trotted out, the internet made their feelings clear: They wanted LeVar behind the podium, not the suit and haircut and dump truck full of problematic stories that was Mike Richards. Meanwhile, Trebek's fellow Canadian treasure Ryan Reynolds had something unrelated to tweet.

Ryan Reynolds has supportive words for LeVar Burton

Reynolds' tweet reads as follows:

"Pretty consistently from 2013 to 2015 Deadpool would explode on Twitter with fans wanting me to play him. It was awkward because I agreed with them but the studio didn't see it. Ultimately the fans won and the rest is glorious history. I'm forever grateful." It's all pretty innocuous, if heartwarming, stuff, right up until the postscript — "Hi @levarburton." The message seems pretty clear. Hang in there, keep the faith, you've got the fans in your corner and, in the end, that tends to win more fights than it loses.

The recent decision to have Richards step down as the new host of "Jeopardy!" puts the position of host back up in the air. Fans have already hit social media like a ton of bricks with cries of #LeVarOnJeopardy with the sort of ferocity usually reserved for releasing the Snyder Cut or the Ayer Cut or other pressing social concerns. The end result has yet to be seen. For now, consider this the closest we'll probably get to that "Reading Rainbow"/"Van Wilder" team-up script you've been working on in your spare time.