Former Jeopardy! champion Buzzy Cohen took to social media on Thursday morning to express his emotion after finding out he was going to be hosting Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.
Cohen was a fan-favorite back in 2016 and even won the following year’s tournament. And now he will be joining a growing list of big names to join the show as a guest host. Jeopardy! has already seen Katie Couric, Dr. Oz, and Aaron Rodgers spend time filling in for the late Alex Trebek. The long-time host died at 80 years old after a lengthy battle with stage-four pancreatic cancer.
Meanwhile, the 2017 Tournament of Champions winner recently posted an adorable video of his nephew on Twitter. Watch closely for when he found out the news that his uncle Buzzy will be the show’s upcoming host.
“Guess what?” the girl behind the camera asks the boy. To which he replies, “what?”
“Uncle Buzzy is going to be the host of ‘Jeopardy!'”
Upon receiving the news, the little boy’s jaw nearly hits the floor. And Buzzy Cohen said that was exactly how he responded when he first found out that he would be serving as guest host. Take a look at the tweet below.
“Same emotion when I found out I was hosting @Jeopardy #TournamentOfChampions,” Cohen wrote on Twitter.
Buzzy Cohen Will Begin ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosting Duties on May 17
Buzzy Cohen is slated to host the show beginning on May 17 until May 28. He will be the man behind the podium during the show’s iconic Tournament of Champions.
It will no doubt be bittersweet for Cohen to be on the other side this time around.
“Buzzy has been where each of these champions is, so it’ll be comforting for the contestants to see a familiar face behind the lectern,” Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards told the outlet in a statement. “We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host.”
This year’s tournament will feature 15 of the show’s previous winners. They will battle it out for the tournament’s grand prize of $250,000. As if there needed to be any more incentive to win, the grand prize will be matched and donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless. The facility is, of course, named after the great Alex Trebek and assists those who are experiencing homelessness.
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