‘Jeopardy!’: Anderson Cooper Discusses His Guest-Hosting Stint Charities

by Keeli Parkey
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Another new guest host is now standing behind the late Alex Trebek’s famous podium on “Jeopardy!” This new guest host is CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

And just like the guest hosts before him, Cooper will be raising money for charity during his brief stint on the famous quiz show.

Ahead of his appearance as the show’s guest host, Cooper talked about his charities during an interview shared on the show’s YouTube page. He chose to donate funds from his stint as guest host to two organizations instead of just one. He also chose to donate funds from his first week on “Jeopardy!” to one of the charities and funds from the second week to the other.

“I picked two different organizations,” Cooper said during the interview. “For the first week, I’m playing for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, which is in Haiti. And, it’s a really … It’s a top-of-the-line hospital. And, it’s in a country that really needs good medical care and where a lot of people don’t have access to medical care, can’t afford it. And, this is a hospital that serves people who are really in need – a lot of women, a lot of children. They do great work. So, I’m really happy to be able to raise some money for them.”

Anderson Cooper will also be raising funds during his second week on “Jeopardy!” for another organization that is helping people across the world. The name of this second organization is Justice Defenders.

“The other organization I’m raising money for is Justice Defenders,” Cooper said. “ad, they work to defend the defenseless in communities in East Africa. To provide attorneys and paralegals for people who can’t afford to have an attorney, but really, really need one.”

For more information about the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti, click here. More information about Justice Defenders can be found here.

You can watch Anderson Cooper talk about his charities and being a guest host on “Jeopardy!” below.

Anderson Cooper Joins Growing List of ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Hosts

Episodes of “Jeopardy!” featuring the CNN anchor as guest host will begin airing today (Monday, April 19). Anderson Cooper’s final episode will air on Friday, April 30, according to the “Jeopardy!” website.

Following Cooper, will be another journalist – Bill Whitaker of “60 Minutes.” Whitaker will be raising funds for Media Fellowship House. His episodes will air from May 3 until May 14.

Following Whitaker on “Jeopardy!” will be actress Mayim Bialik. She will be raising funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Her episodes will air from May 31 until June 11.

TODAY co-anchor Samantha Guthrie will host from June 14 until June 25. She will be raising funds for The Bowery Mission.

Previous guests host of “Jeopardy!” have been Ken Jennings, Mike Richards, Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Aaron Rodgers.