‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Buzzy Cohen Once Appeared on ‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire’

by Joe Rutland

Apparently, “Jeopardy!” champion Buzzy Cohen loves game shows. He even once made an appearance on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”

Let’s turn the clock back to last year when comedian Hannibal Burress asked Cohen to be a lifeline, according to an article from meaww.com. Burress went to Cohen twice during his appearance, receiving support that had the comedian up to $64,000 on the show.

But he got himself into a jam, failing to correctly answer a question and only ended up with $32,000 from being a contestant on the show.

‘Jeopardy’ Guest Host Offers Burress Lifeline Support For Organization

Burress was trying to raise as much money as possible for Melvina Masterminds, an organization he founded. Its aim in Chicago is to encourage lifelong learning in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) plus arts fields.

Melvina Masterminds also provides life skills to empower each member to excel and strengthen the community and society at large. 

Cohen, who is in the midst of being a guest host during the “Tournament of Champions” right now on “Jeopardy!”, did his part to help Burress.

The “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” version is a reboot of the original one hosted by the late Regis Philbin. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is now the man sorting out the questions.

Game Show Honors Late Contestant Who Would Have Been In ‘Tournament of Champions’

While Cohen continues hosting the “Tournament of Champions” on “Jeopardy!” this coming week, the show is missing one of its champs.

Brayden Smith, who won five straight “Jeopardy!” matches in 2020, qualified to participate in this year’s tournament. Smith, 24, died on Feb. 5, 2021, after a surgical procedure.

His appearances were recorded last October before long-time host Alex Trebek died of pancreatic cancer in November 2020.

Cohen recorded a video in memory of Smith for the show.

“You have now met all 15 of the players qualifying for the Tournament of Champions — well, almost all of them,” he said. “Brayden Smith, the incredible young man who won five shows and $115,000 in January, passed away earlier this year.

“Brayden’s family has established a fund in his name and ‘Jeopardy!’ will be donating to that fund,” Cohen said. “We want to express our best wishes and condolences to his family.”

Smith was called “Buzzy Buzzsaw” by Trebek for his quick responses to the host’s questions. His memory will linger on as part of “Jeopardy!” lore for years to come.