‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions Host Buzzy Cohen Emotionally Addresses Final: ‘May Be My Last Time’

by Evan Reier

Since the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions began, Buzzy Cohen has been the man guiding the ship. His time in charge is just about up.

The show turned to the 2017 Tournament of Champions winner for the hosting role over the past two weeks. With the arrival of Friday, May 28, it marks both the final match of the tourney and Cohen’s last episode behind the lectern.

As the episode prepares to air, Cohen is reminiscing on the work put in and the journey of being a Jeopardy! host. Cohen took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to drop a few words.

“Tonight may be my last time on the @Jeopardy stage,” Cohen wrote. “But what an honor to be part of a show I love so deeply – and this tournament and these champions have made it an absolute joy.”

It has been an eventful, classic Jeopardy! tournament. Seeing champions go head-to-head is always enjoyable, but the passion and honoring of late host Alex Trebek has made for an especially impactful tourney.

Cohen also added a tweet shouting out “Clue Crew” member, Sarah Whitcomb Foss.

“The entire J! team went out of their way to make my dream come true,” Cohen continued. “But special shout out to @SarahClueCrew. She cares so deeply about @Jeopardy and I’m forever grateful to have been mentored by her.”

Fans will recognize Sarah from the videos the show display for certain clues.\

Who’s in the Final Match of the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions?

Only the best of the best make it to the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, and this year’s contestants exemplify that. Sam Kavanaugh, Jennifer Quail and Veronika Vichit-Vadakan are vying for the $250,000 prize.

Heading into the finale, Kavanaugh is the money leader. A teacher from Minnesota, he’s racked up $38,000 in his run over the past couple weeks, and could be considered the favorite for May 28.

Behind Kavanaugh is Quail, who has totaled $14,500. Quail hails from Dowagiac, Michigan and is a wine-tasting consultant.

Finally, Vichit-Vadakan comes in with $6,400. Vichit-Vadakan is a librarian who is representing Portland, Oregon on Jeopardy!

It’s a matchup for the ages that folks won’t want to miss. So if you’ve got Friday happy hour plans, make sure the DVR is set up for the final match of the Tournament of Champions, as well as Buzzy Cohen’s final show of his guest-hosting run.