The 2017 “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions winner Buzzy Cohen will guest host the episodes, in which 15 top “Jeopardy!” competitors will face off for a chance at the grand prize. The runners up get $100,000 and $50,000, respectively.
Show producers chose the competitors from the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions winners in 2019 and 2020, the recent Teachers Tournament winners and the College Championship winners.
‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions Champ Buzzy Cohen Will Guest Host
Late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek nicknamed Cohen “Mr. Personality,” and the gregarious contestant was a fan favorite in 2016, when he won $164,603 over nine games. Cohen later won the Tournament of Champions in 2017. He won again in 2019 as a team captain for the All-Star Games.
“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,” Executive Producer Mike Richards said in a statement posted to the “Jeopardy!” website. “We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host.”
After he guest hosts the show, Cohen will no longer be qualified to compete in “Jeopardy!” games. So his Tournament of Champions stint will herald his retirement as a contestant.
See the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions contestants here:
Grand Prize Amount Will Go to Good Cause
The show will match the $250,000 grand prize and donate that amount to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless. The center aims to help up to 300 people per year find shelter and provides intensive case management, mental health services, job training and placement, substance abuse counseling, housing navigation, life skill training and medical care.
The winner of the grand prize can decide for themselves how they want to spend it – after taxes, that is. But it won’t be easy to win that $250,000.
The “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions breaks down into three parts: quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The winners from the first week, plus four Wild Card players with the highest scores, will go to the semifinals. Three winners from the semifinals will compete for the Grand Champion title and the $250,000.
It will be a suspenseful tournament, made all the more interesting by the ongoing search for Trebek’s replacement. See where to watch it here.