Former Jeopardy! contestant and champion Buzzy Cohen is the man behind the podium as the show’s Tournament of Champions rolls on.
Reviews for Cohen’s performance so far have been overwhelmingly positive and he appears to really click with Jeopardy! fans. He also has a knack for connecting with the show’s contestants with an outgoing personality and quirky charm. After Wednesday’s new episode aired, Jeopardy! producers took to social media to showcase an example of Cohen’s likability. At the conclusion of the game, Buzzy chats it up with contestants on how it feels to be back in the game. It’s clear from their interaction that they are soaking up the experience as best they can.
“Buzzy Cohen shares what it’s like to be back on the Jeopardy! stage!” the Jeopardy! Instagram captions the post.
During the chat between the host and contestants, they assure Buzzy that he is doing an excellent job as host. He is also asked how it feels to be on the stage where game show icon Alex Trebek once ruled the roost. Cohen has often noted that Trebek was a personal hero of his and an inspiration to himself and all Jeopardy! contestants. He had an interesting answer to the question posed by the episode’s winner.
“When everyone is on break or lunch — I just come out here and wander around,” he says. “It’s just like ‘I’m here’ and I hope all of you feel that way too.”
Jeopardy! Guest Host Is a Former Tournament Winner
Cohen’s initial run on Jeopardy! came in 2016 when rattled off six straight wins, collecting more than $160,000. During that run, he earned the nickname “Mr. Personality” from Trebek for his sense of humor. On more than one occasion, he used Final Jeopardy! to rib the longtime host instead of going for extra cash. He became an online sensation for his antics on the show and unusual fashion sense. Trebek long considered Buzzy a favorite and now Mr. Personality stands behind his lectern.
Buzzy won the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, adding $250,000 to his game show total. He returned in 2019 as captain for a Jeopardy! All-Star Team.
During his initial stint on Jeopardy! he reportedly told Trebek that he would like to be his replacement upon retirement. He paid tribute to the late host during his first episode as host, using Trebek’s signature phrase, “Good for You.”
Cohen will remain as host through the remainder of the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. The tournament will conclude next Friday, which will coincide with Buzzy’s final episode. Cohen could receive consideration for the permanent gig once show officials decide to take that route. He certainly has some fan support behind him to pursue the full-time job.