Good news for the Jeopardy fans out there! There’s now an official date for the Tournament of Champions, and a new guest host. The Tournament of Champions will Air May 17th through 28th. The guest host is former Tournament of Champions winner Buzzy Cohen.
Who is Buzzy Cohen?
Buzzy Cohen is a former Tournament of Champions winner, so he’ll have the experience to put on a good show. Cohen won the tournament in 2017, and has many fond memories with former host Alex Trebek. In the past, Cohen has said that he wants to host the show. He’s known to have a witty and relaxed style that some fans really love, though, it’s been a bit polarizing.
Some took issue with his jokes, saying he wasn’t taking it seriously. Cohen told Vanity Fair, “I could understand people being like, ‘This dude’s making a mockery of Jeopardy.’ But I take it really seriously. So when I have opportunities to inject a little bit of personality, I don’t see the harm.”
The Rotation of Jeopardy Hosts
After the tragic passing of host Alex Trebek, Jeopardy has gone through a rotation of different guest hosts. Currently, Aaron Rodgers of the Greenbay Packers is hosting. Rodgers isn’t the first on rotation. Mike Richards, Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Mehmet Oz. Bill Whitaker, Savannah Guthrie, Mayim Bialik, and Sanjay Gupta are all scheduled to appear.
While some enjoy seeing fresh faces every two weeks, others aren’t. The season’s ratings are down, though it’s hard to tell if that’s because of fans being weary of a new host, or if the ratings were particularly high during Trebek’s final episodes. If you aren’t a fan of the constant changing of hosts, there’s some good news. Ken Jennings, Jeopardy legend and consulting producer has said that they will have a “permanent host in time for next season.”
It’s also important to point out that not every guest host is auditioning for a full-time gig. Katie Couric, for instance, has said she wouldn’t want to be a permanent host. Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, would. Whoever gets selected will have massive shoes to fill, as Alex Trebek’s legacy on the show is impossible to truly match.
What is The Tournament of Champions?
For now, however, Jeopardy viewers can enjoy getting to know new hosts including Buzzy Cohen. For those who don’t know, The Tournament of Champions is different from traditional Jeopardy. The Tournament of Champions takes contestants who have won previous seasons. The entire tournament takes two weeks. You can expect five episodes of quarterfinals, three semi-finals, and a two-day, two-game final face-off.