“You won’t wanna miss it!” says Jeopardy! legend Buzzy Cohen says of the game show’s celebrated Tournament of Champions kicking off Monday.
Ready for Jeopardy!‘s Tournament of Champions? Buzzy Cohen is, which is a good thing considering he’s hosting! The former Jeopardy! champ wasn’t tapped to guest host the main show like fellow champion Ken Jennings. Sony is making up for this, however, by having Cohen head the ToC.
As for Buzzy himself, Cohen is the 2017 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions Winner as well as the J! All Stars Captain according to his Twitter bio. The same bio also lists him as the AAU National Deadlift Champion, so there’s that, too.
The former Jeopardy! contestant was given the nickname “Mr. Personality” by the late, great Alex Trebek himself, so he’s sure to be a good time hosting the ToC.
And “It all starts tomorrow! You won’t wanna miss it!” says Cohen Sunday. The guest host has already taped his Tournament of Champions hosting gig, which is set to air May 17-28. So get ready, indeed, Jeopardy! fans!
The 2021 Tournament of Champions will feature 15 of the top Jeopardy! champions from this past season. Each is competing for a whopping quarter-million grand prize, so the competition is sure to be fierce.
‘Jeopardy!’ Champs to Square Off for Charity, too
Buzzy, however, adds “Wait! Make that 16 champions…” noting that he did, in fact win the Tournament of Champions himself in the promo above. And he did, as Cohen holds the title from the 2017 tournament.
“The only thing better than winning, is crowning the next winner,” Cohen continues. We’ll hold you to that, Buzzy!
Of the Joepardy! guest host, series Executive Producer (and former guest host himself) Mike Richards tells the game show’s official website that “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.”
“We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host,” Richards adds.
For the ToC, fifteen top players “who won the most games between the last Tournament of Champions in 2019 and the end of 2020, as well as the most recent Teachers Tournament and College Championship winners” specifically will be competing, Jeopardy! cites.
Each will vie for the $250,000 grand prize in 2021’s matchup. The second and third runner ups are set to win big, too, with $100,000 and $50,000 allotted for each respectively.
Jeopardy! will also continue their charity donations fans are accustomed to from their guest-hosting stint this season. the ToC’s $250k will be matched for the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless.
Best of luck to the contestants, and to host Buzzy Cohen!