As Aaron Rodgers’ stint as guest host on “Jeopardy!” comes to an end, he will pass the quiz show baton to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Cooper will take charge of “Jeopardy!” from Apr. 19 to Apr. 30. Like Rodgers, Copper is both a longtime fan and former contestant. He competed on the show several times during celebrity tournaments over the years.
You can catch Cooper on “Jeopardy!” weeknights on NBC beginning at 6:30 P.M. ET. If you don’t have cable, you can still watch live as it airs on Fubo TV. The streaming service offers a free trial and has live TV and a DVR function so that viewers can watch “Jeopardy!” on ABC in real-time or on-demand.
“I’ve been on four times, so I got to meet Alex, which was such a thrill because I’m such a “Jeopardy!” fan,” Cooper said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” when his stint was announced in February.” It’s incredible. I’m really excited,” Anderson Cooper added.
Anderson Cooper Reveals He ‘Panicked’ During ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’
During the interview, he reminisced on his first time on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” and said he “panicked” the night before the show.”I panicked the night before because I realized I need to know all this stuff. So I went online and did all this research, tried to like, cram, as though you can really cram for “Jeopardy!”—it doesn’t really work,” he recalled. “And I read all these blogs from former “Jeopardy!” champions about buzzer theory, and some sort of game theory.”
During Anderson Cooper’s run, he and the show will be raising funds for Albert Schweitzer Hospital. The organization provides high-quality health care through its 131-bed hospital, community health centers, and health posts in Haiti. They also sponsor water and sanitation projects, operate community clinics, and send trained community health workers to remote areas with vaccines, malnutrition screening tools, and other health services.
In addition, he’s also helping to raise money for an organization known as Justice Defenders. Based in the UK, the nonprofit works in prison communities across Africa through legal education, training, and practice. The organization equips prisoners and prison officers to facilitate legal processes.
However, “Jeopardy!” fans may not be quite ready to see Aron Rodgers leave the lectern. “Jeopardy!” Executive Producer and former guest host Mike Richards told NBC News that Rodgers’ “second career could be better than his first.”
“He approached this like he was breaking down game footage,” Richards said. “He watched a ton of episodes, and he came in with questions like, ‘Now if this happens, how do I deal with it?’ And I was like, ‘Well, that doesn’t really happen.’ And he said, ‘I saw one! I want to know because I want to be prepared.’ He came in prepared like an MVP quarterback would for a huge game.”