BUZZY Cohen took to the Jeopardy! stage for the 2021 Tournament of Champions that aired on May 17.
In the spring of 2016, Buzzy Cohen aka Mr Personality captivated Jeopardy audiences when he went on a nine-game winning streak.
Who is Jeopardy! host Buzzy Cohen?
Austin David Cohen — better known by his nickname, Buzzy Cohen — was a recording music industry executive at the time of his Jeopardy! appearance. The former game show champ was known as “Mr. Personality” by the late, great Alex Trebek.
He appeared in nine games on April and May, 2016.
At the end of his run, he took home $164,603.
Buzzy Cohen came back to Jeopardy! for the 2017 Tournament of Champions, where he won the grand prize of $250,000.
Is Buzzy Cohen the first former competitor to host the show?
Buzzy Cohen was not the first former competitior to host Jeopardy!
That title goes to Ken Jennings, the popular contestant who broke game show records when he won 74 times before being defeated.
Ken Jennings hosted Jeopardy! for six weeks, and his run ended in February 2021.
Buzzy Cohen hosted the Tournament of Champions, which ran from May 17 to May 28, 2021.
When Buzzy Cohen hosts the Tournament of Champions, it will mark his retirement as a Jeopardy! contestant.
“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.
“We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host.”
Buzzy Cohen is also a fan favorite on the show.
What did Buzzy Cohen say about guest hosting?
“I don’t have words for this,” Cohen said to Boston CBS Local about the opportunity to guest host the Tournament of Champions for two weeks.
“I stood on this stage four years ago and I told Alex with all love and admiration that I’d love to host this show that I love so much. and I can’t believe I got that shot.”
The Tournament features 15 top champions and a $250,000 grand prize.
“It’s such an honor,” Cohen said about hosting. “I’m really hoping that I can give these contestants, these great champions, the tournament that they deserve.”
As host, Cohen said he “had to think about the game in a totally different way.”
“When you’re the host, you’ve got to hit every word, every word of that clue counts,” he said. “I really had to change the way I relate to the clues.”
Who are the guest hosts for 2021?
Since Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away in November 2020, the beloved game show has continued with various guest hosts.
Although some people may feel like no one will ever measure up to Trebek, the show booked several guest hosts for 2021.
Hosts included Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, and Bill Whitaker.
Jeopardy! producers announced a touching tribute to Trebek when Cohen hosted.
The $250,000 grand prize was matched by the producers in the form of a donation.
The donation will go to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless, named in Trebek’s honor.
Buzzy Cohen also honored Brayden Smith, who earned a spot in the championships, but passed away due to surgery complications.
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