While “Jeopardy!” is running its “Tournament of Champions” right now, guest host Buzzy Cohen is helping out a charity “near and dear” to him.
Cohen made an appearance on Wednesday’s episode of “The View” on ABC. Host Sunny Hostin talked with Cohen not only about his charity but what it’s been like to host the show. Obviously, he’s one of many guest hosts taking turns behind the podium this season after longtime host Alex Trebek died in 2020.
Hostin, in the interview, brings up that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The topic is something the “Jeopardy!” guest host cares about a lot as Hostin reveals the ever-popular Cohen has dealt with depression in his life.
Spend a few minutes and check out Cohen’s appearance on “The View” with Hostin.
‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Found Purpose In Appearance On Game Show
“I think, for me, being on ‘Jeopardy!’ showed that, when I really put my mind to it, like I had something to offer that no one could take away,” he said. “When you’re struggling with depression, it can be so easy to discount the things you contribute to whether it’s your family, your work, or your community.
“You either give the credit to somebody else or say ‘it’s not that special,'” Cohen said. “I was very lucky in that I had this amazing accomplishment on ‘Jeopardy!’ that I could always point to and say, ‘No, you did that. No one could take that away from you.'”
He said that when it comes to depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, Cohen believes in therapy, medication, or “whatever works.” Exercising, Cohen said, played a big part in his mental health recovery.
Cohen Says He’s Hopeful People Can Help Remove Stigma Around Mental Illness
“So I really hope people can remove some of the stigma around getting help because you can’t do it alone,” he said. “You’ve got my Twitter handle down there (@buzztronics) so send me a DM if you’re struggling and need someone to say, ‘Yeah, you should go talk to someone.'”
Cohen said that his appearance on “Jeopardy!” came at a time where he really needed it.
“I know not everyone can have that but I hope we can all find something in our lives to pull us out of that dark place,” he said.
Cohen captured the 2017 “Tournament of Champions” crown. When all is said and done for this year’s tournament, he’ll get to crown the “Jeopardy!” champion himself.