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‘Jeopardy!’: Guest Host Anderson Cooper Takes Shot at Questions He Missed During ‘Celebrity’ Appearance

by Josh Lanier
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Jimmy Kimmel gave CNN’s Anderson Cooper a shot at redemption on his most recent late-night show. The host asked Anderson, who starts his two-week stint as Jeopardy! guest host Monday, some of the questions he missed when he appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy!

Cooper has been on the show four times and won twice, Jeopardy!’s website said. And during those episodes, Cooper only missed five answers in total. Kimmel wanted to see if he’d been studying since then and asked the journalist if he could get them right this time.

Think you can get them correct? Answers are at the bottom of this article.

1) Category: Capitals — Most of the ancient portion of this city lies on the east bank of the Tiber river.
2) Category: Daughters of the American Revolution — Abigail, known as little Abby, was the oldest child of this U.S. president.
3) Category: Musicals — This 2007 musical based on the Mel Brooks’ film featured such songs as “The Brain” and “Putting on the Ritz.”

Cooper was able to get two of the three. He still needs to brush up on his U.S. presidential history it seems.

Cooper Talks About Player Who ‘Destroyed Him’

Anderson Cooper said the first time he went on Jeopardy! he crammed the night before, fearing he’d looked dumb if he went in unprepared.

“The first time I crushed it,” he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. “I got I panicked the night before because I sort of agreed to do it, and without really thinking about it. … So I tried to cram online. I read all these buzzer theories by former Jeopardy! champions and things about Alex Trebek’s voice and getting into the cadence of it and the zen rhythm of it.”

And Cooper walked away a winner. He wasn’t so lucky the second trip, however. He was overconfident and overlooked a player who went on to “destroy” him.

Cooper faced Cheech Marin, who is most famous for playing a dumb stoner in the Cheech and Chong comedy duo. It turns out that persona is just part of the act.

“I was like ‘oh my god this is going to be a cakewalk,’” Cooper recalled. “I’ve seen Cheech and Chong movies, but it turns out he is the smartest guy. He destroyed me.”

Cooper joked about the loss on his show the next night and showed some of the highlights — or lowlights — for him. You can watch that video here.

“Do you know what it’s like to walk into the CNN newsroom the day after Cheech Marin has destroyed you? Wolf Blitzer reading the paper like giving you side-eye as you walk by,” he told Kimmel.


1) Rome
2) John Adams
3) “Young Frankenstein”