Buzzy Cohen sure loves “Jeopardy!”. The current guest-host grew visibly emotional while discussing what the Tournament of Champions has meant to him and how gracious the contestants were during his guest-hosting stint.
Cohen has described the Tournament of Champions guest-hosting gig as a dream come true for him. And in a promotional video released by “Jeopardy!”, he detailed how the contestants had treated him while he was temporarily taking up late host Alex Trebek’s mantle.
“And especially for the Tournament of Champions, which means so much to me, was such a big moment in my life,” Cohen said. “I just, I really wanted these champs to have the best tournament they could, where they could enjoy it like I enjoyed mine. And I really hope I did that.”
“I’ve always said, like, I love playing this game,” Cohen added. “I would play this game every day. And I wasn’t sure how I would feel about hosting it, but I can say now, I loved hosting this game. These champions were so incredible. They were so gracious, and they kept being like, ‘You’re doing great!’ I’m like, ‘Don’t worry about me. They can fix me. You guys focus on your thing.’ So it was, it’s such an honor.”
Watch Cohen’s comments here:
The Background on ‘Jeopardy’ Guest-Host Buzzy Cohen
Cohen is a music industry executive and married father who hails from the Los Angeles area. And he earned the nickname “Mr. Personality” from none other than Alex Trebek when he first appeared on the show.
As for “Jeopardy!” fans, their reaction to Cohen was slightly more mixed. After Cohen first appeared on “Jeopardy!” in 2016, he became a fan favorite in some quarters and a target of antagonism in others.
“I find that people who hate me are as funny to read about as the people who love me,” Cohen told Entertainment Tonight in 2016. “This is it. I’m only on ‘Jeopardy!’ once. I’m only going to get this level of hate once. I’m taking it all in. It’s really funny.”
Little did Cohen know. As it turned out, Mr. Personality would appear in nine regular-season games during 2016, the Tournament of Champions in 2017 and the All-Star Games in 2019. And now he’s back to host a new Tournament of Champions.
“Buzzy has been where each of these champions is, so we think it’ll be comforting for the contestants to see a familiar face behind the lectern,” “Jeopardy!” Executive Producer Mike Richards said in a statement. “We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host.”
Cohen has made clear that he would take the permanent hosting job if it were offered to him. But Richards has said that decision will ultimately fall to Sony executives, who are relying on analytics to make the call.