"Reading Rainbow" taught kids they could go anywhere!
Well, for host LeVar Burton, we know one place he's going... to court. "Reading Rainbow" owners are actually suing him for using the catchphrase — "But you don't have to take my word for it" — on his podcast, "LeVar Burton Reads."
WTF, right?! That's like suing Jimmie Walker for saying "Dynomite!"
But "Reading Rainbow" owners don't see it that way. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they claim LeVar and his new company, a public broadcasting station in Buffalo, New York, hijacked the long-running PBS show, accusing them of "theft and extortion."
The show's new owners, WNED, just filed a new lawsuit basically trying to keep him from even uttering the words "Reading Rainbow." Seems cold-blooded, because if you ask anyone who grew up watching this show back in the 80s and 90s... LeVar Burton IS "Reading Rainbow."
To make matters worse, this drama could dash all hopes of a "Reading Rainbow" revival for a new generation of kids. Remember when LeVar raised $6.5 million on Kickstarter to get the show back up and running? Well, WNED is pissed about that, too, because he did it without their help.
Straight up ridiculous. Let's just hope LeVar doesn't get the book thrown at him.