CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is not just a celebrity guest host of “Jeopardy!”. He’s also a former contestant who has competed on the show four times. And in a recent video, he talked about how his “Jeopardy!” stints dovetail with his work as a reporter.
“I love reading and researching,” Cooper said in a video clip compiling his best moments as a contestant on the show. “And that’s what I do throughout my day, and that’s what I’ve done for, you know, 25 or however many years I’ve been a reporter.”
“The stuff I’ve learned as a journalist, it fits very well here just in terms of the wide base of knowledge that you need to be a journalist,” Cooper added. “It’s the same for ‘Jeopardy!’.”
Watch the highlights of Cooper’s time as a contestant here:
Anderson Cooper’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Episodes Are About to Air
Cooper’s guest-hosting episodes will air from April 19 to April 30. And the cable news personality said he’s “actually kind of nervous” about his “Jeopardy!” run.
“In high school I became a ‘Jeopardy!’ fan,” Cooper said in a promo for the game show. And Cooper told Jimmy Kimmel that when he was a kid, he used to watch the show with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who passed away in 2019.
“It helped us avoid talking to each other,” Cooper told Kimmel.
Cooper Is the Latest Guest Host of the Show
Legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek passed away last year on Nov. 8 of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He had been hosting the show since 1984.
After Trebek died, former “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings guest-hosted the show for a while. Then “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards took his turn behind the podium. He was followed by former “Today” show co-host Katie Couric, “Dr. Oz Show” host Dr. Mehmet Oz and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cooper will follow Rodgers.
After Cooper, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and actress Mayim Bialik will take over. Current “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie will guest-host from June 14 to June 25. Following her is CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. And “Jeopardy!” just revealed that sports announcer Joe Buck will take a turn as guest host, too.
All told, “Jeopardy!” keeps changing things up as producers search for a permanent replacement for Trebek. But it makes for some entertaining viewing for “Jeopardy!” fans, who no doubt have plenty of opinions about who should inherit Trebek’s legacy.