With his guest host turn on “Jeopardy!” starting on Monday, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper believes the show can bring families together.
“For me, I have so many memories of ‘Jeopardy!’ of watching it with my brother, watching it with my mom over the years,” Cooper said in an interview prior to his first show. “And I think that’s one of the great things about ‘Jeopardy!’
“There’s not a lot of stuff you can do as a family together and know that it’s intelligent and educational and fun and, you know, exciting,” he said.
Cooper Says He’s Happy There’s New Generation Of ‘Jeopardy!’ Viewers
One thing Cooper has noticed is that new viewers continue to find the popular game show even as “Jeopardy!” seeks a new full-time host.
“So I love that ‘Jeopardy!’ has been able to keep that and to keep that going through these generations,” Cooper said. “And now there’s a whole new generation of people who are watching ‘Jeopardy!’ who watched as kids with their parents.
“And now I have a son and I cannot wait to, you know, sit at home and watch with him,” he said. “Also now with Alex’s (Trebek) death, just the appreciation for him and I think it makes it even more of a sense of being part of a family, being a part of a family of viewers.
Lots Of Institutional Knowledge Is Built Up Within Game Show’s Crew
“I’m sure for everybody who works here, everybody I’ve met, you know, so many people here have been here for a decade or two decades or more,” Cooper said. “And there’s this incredible institutional knowledge that’s built up and that’s extraordinary to step into and to get to spend time here.”
Cooper, who hosts “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN, also is a correspondent for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He takes over behind the podium after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did a two-week guest-hosting stint.
Following Cooper will be fellow CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, starting May 3. “Jeopardy!” contestant Buzzy Cohen will be in charge of the “Tournament of Champions,” beginning May 17. Cohen won the tournament in 2017.
The iconic game show continues to look for a replacement after Trebek died on Nov. 8, 2020, from pancreatic cancer. His “Jeopardy!” hosting shoes will be hard to fill on a long-term basis. For now, guest hosts will continue to get their turn and keep the game show going.