After Anderson Cooper’s first night of guest hosting on “Jeopardy!” he’s taking a moment to reflect on his experience. On Twitter, the CNN anchor described the surprise he felt after his debut episode as host.
“As a contestant @Jeopardy is an incredibly fast game. I was surprised that it feels just as fast when you are guest hosting. It flies by! So fun!”
Before taking command behind the podium, Cooper was a former contestant on the show. “I crushed it the first time,” Cooper told Jimmy Kimmel before he began his guest-hosting stint. “The second time, I was playing against Cheech Marin, and I was like…this is going to be a cakewalk. I’ve seen ‘Cheech & Chong’ movies, the synapses can’t be firing that quickly. Turns out he’s the smartest guy, the quickest guy. He destroyed me. And do you know what it’s like to walk into the CNN newsroom the day after Cheech Marin has destroyed you on ‘Jeopardy’? Like, Wolf Blitzer reading the paper, giving you side eye as you walk by.”
Anderson Cooper’s Big Shoes to Fill
Now, Cooper has graduated as interim host as the show continues to look for a permanent replacement for Alex Trebek, who passed away in November. The veteran journalist will serve as guest host of “Jeopardy!” from now until Apr. 30. Cooper is the show’s sixth guest host, following NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Cooper also recently admitted what was going through his mind leading up to his turn standing in the same spot as Trebek. “I don’t really get nervous very often much anymore, but I definitely found myself very focused,” Cooper told “Jeopardy!” producers in a recent interview. Furthermore, Coopers says that getting to host is “a “dream come true.”
“I’m just hoping not to really mess it up,” he continued. “It’s such a great show and I’m such a fan, and there’s so many levels to it and I want it to be a really good experience for the players. I want to do the best job possible for them.”
For Cooper, his love for “Jeopardy!” goes back to his high school days when he and his brother would watch the show together along with their mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who passed away in 2019.
“There’s not a lot of stuff you can do as a family together and know that it’s intelligent and educational and fun and exciting,” Cooper said. “So I love that ‘Jeopardy!’ has been able to keep that and keep that going for these generations. And now I have a son and I cannot wait to sit at home and watch with him.”