Making a profitable look because the host of Jeopardy! is not all about memorizing the periodic desk and the proper pronunciation of all of the world capitals. No less than it wasn’t for Buzzy Cohen.
The previous Jeopardy! champion — whose actual identify is Austin David Cohen — labored on his physique in addition to his thoughts within the lead as much as the two-week Event of Champions, which he gained in 2017, after profitable $165,000 on the present in 2016.
“I ready very intensely. Like lots of people, I hadn’t actually been doing that a lot exercise through the COVID-19 pandemic,” he mentioned in an on-camera interview with the present. “So I began figuring out to get my stamina up. I understand how lengthy these tape days are and the way centered and attentive the host actually must be. You are studying clues, you are directing visitors, you are refereeing, you are giving shade commentary. So you’ve got gotta be actually centered and have your stamina up.”
The present’s govt producer, Mike Richards, advised USA Today that he believes Cohen is “the one one that truly bodily educated his physique” for the guest-hosting gig. Journalist Katie Couric, NFL quarterback Aaron Rogers, former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings and Richards himself are amongst those that have stood on the podium within the months for the reason that death of Alex Trebek, who had hosted the present since 1984, final November.
Richards defined that the present’s filming schedule is intense.
“5 episodes a day, that is lots of time within the studio,” Richards mentioned. “You by no means take a breath. I believe individuals shall be stunned at how [Cohen] takes it fairly critically. He actually delivers as a bunch.”
Along with his exercises, Cohen mentioned he accepted loads of assist from crew members engaged on the present about studying the clues and “all the opposite little issues that look easy when Alex Trebek would do it, however really are actually laborious to do.”
Cohen’s debut episodes as host additionally mark the return of the Event of Champions. The fan-favorite occasion is normally held yearly, nevertheless it’s been 18 months for the reason that final one due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When it is over, Jeopardy! will proceed making an attempt out potential hosts: Joe Buck, LeVar Burton, David Faber, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos are on deck for the ultimate episodes of the season.
Cohen made it clear that he hopes to be again sooner or later and would take the everlasting job as host “in a heartbeat.”
“I might like to be the host of this present that I’ve liked since I used to be, like, 9 years previous and is such part of who I’m,” he mentioned.
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