‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions Host Buzzy Cohen Posts Emotional Pic Honoring Alex Trebek

by Jacklyn Krol

Buzzy Cohen is taking his Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions hosting gig very seriously.

On Monday (May 17), he tweeted about his new job and how much it means to him to be a part of such a prestigious show. He also shared a snapshot of him getting ready backstage in front of the legendary screen.

“This is and will always be Alex’s stage,” he wrote. “Humbled and honored to join the legacy today.”

He later retweeted a fan’s mini-review of his performance. The social media user enjoyed his hosting skills. Buzzy Cohen said that he would frame his first review, gif included!

Contestant Sam Kavanaugh tweeted his praises.

“Just seeing the pregame low-light Jeopardy! set makes my heart race,” he wrote. “Fortunately, Buzzy does a great job of making us contestants feel welcome up there, just like Alex used to.”

Buzzy Cohen has been hard at work preparing for this honored role.

“I prepared very intensely,” Cohen said. “Like a lot of people I hadn’t really been doing that much activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. So I started working out to get my stamina up. I know how long these tape days are and how focused and attentive the host really needs to be. You’re reading clues, you’re directing traffic, you’re refereeing, you’re giving color commentary. So you’ve gotta be really focused and have your stamina up.”

Buzzy Cohen on ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosting

Buzzy Cohen is no stranger to the trivia competition show. His first episode was in April 2016 and ended up playing nine games. In total, he earned $164,603. He returned in 2017 for the Tournament of Champions, which he won. Additionally, he appeared on the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games relay tournament.

Cohen has been both loved and hated by Jeopardy! fans. He became known for his comedic personality and hilarious final answers concerning host Alex Trebek. He said that he wanted to show off his personality without disrupting the gameplay. At the end of the day, he made Trebek dance, laugh, and smile.

His new hosting job makes him ineligible to play as a contestant in any future shows. But the opportunity is something that he has been campaigning for since 2017. He first asked executive producer Harry Friedman for the opportunity backstage during his 2017 run on Jeopardy!

“I had some pangs about not being able to hold the buzzer again,” he shared with The Ringer. “I was joking with Ken [Jennings, another of this season’s guest hosts] right when I got the call. It’s my moment like Moonlight Graham in Field of Dreams, when he walks across the rocks and turns into the doctor. It’s like: It’s over.”