‘Jeopardy!’: Would Guest Host Buzzy Cohen Accept Permanent Hosting Job?

by Keeli Parkey

Since the passing of legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek in November 2020, fans of the popular quiz show have been wondering who will be the next permanent host of the show.

Also since that time, guest hosts have stood behind Trebek’s podium. There have been many of them host the show in recent months. That also leaves fans wondering if one of them might be Trebek’s successor. Well, one of those guest hosts has recently said that if offered the job, he would definitely accept it.

That guest host is former “Jeopardy!” champion Buzzy Cohen. He has been hosting the show’s Tournament of Champions. This special event will continue through May 28. It began on May 17.

Buzzy Cohen shared his desire to take over the hosting job during a recent interview with USA Today. And, according to what the 36-year-old had to say, he wouldn’t have to think long about becoming the host of “Jeopardy!”

“In a heartbeat,” Cohen, whose given name is Austin David Cohen, said of taking the hosting gig. “I’d love to be the host of this show that I’ve loved since I was like, 9 years old and is such a part of who I am.” 

And, the show should be part of who Cohen is. It has played a significant role in his life. During 2016, he earned approximately $165,000 as a contestant. The following year, he won the Tournament of Champions. Then, in 2019 he returned for an all-star event. For this, he was chosen as a team captain.

Buzzy Cohen Physically Trained for ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosting Gig

Buzzy Cohen also took his duties as the host of “Jeopardy!” very seriously. In fact, he trained so he would be able to physically endure the demands of filming the show. This included cardio and strength training.

He told the publication he did so in order to “keep my endurance up because I really wanted to make sure that I was just as energetic, attentive and focused on it.” 

According to what the show’s executive producer Mike Richards said, Cohen is probably the only guest host to have done so. And, Richards praised Cohen for his work.

Buzzy Cohen is “the only one that actually physically trained his body to prepare for the three days of intensity of standing and being on and being engaged because it is very difficult,” Richards said. “Five episodes a day, that’s a lot of time in the studio. You never take a breath. I think people will be surprised at how he takes it pretty seriously. He really delivers as a host.”

Fans will just have to wait and see if Cohen has done enough to be chosen as the successor of Alex Trebek on “Jeopardy!”