ANDERSON Cooper admitted he’s “kind of nervous” as he prepared to guest host Jeopardy! in place of late star Alex Trebek.
The iconic game show has already seen numerous notable faces behind the podium, including Katie Couric, Ken Jennings, and Dr. Oz.Anderson Cooper admitted he was ‘nervous’ to guest host Jeopardy![/caption] Anderson will be behind the podium after iconic longtime host Alex Trebek passed away[/caption]
Anderson, best known for his work on the CNN news desk, is ready to take over America’s game show for a few episodes as a promo was released featuring the journalist.
He said in the clip: “In high school, I became a Jeopardy! fan, I’m a two-time Celebrity Jeopardy! champ and this week, I’ll be the newest Jeopardy! guest host.”
“I’m actually kind of nervous,” he added.
The 53-year-old made his first appearance on Jeopardy! in 2004, where he was crowned champion during “Jeopardy! Power Players Week,” taking home $50,000 for the American Heart Association.In a recent promo, Anderson reminded fans he’s a two-time Celebrity Jeopardy! champion[/caption] He won in 2004 and 2012[/caption] The CNN anchor admitted to ‘panicking’ the night before competing on the game show[/caption]
He recalled his experience to Ellen DeGeneres: “I panicked the night before because I realized I need to know all this stuff, and I read all these blogs from former Jeopardy! champions about buzzer theory, and some sort of game theory.
“I got so thrilled to win the first time, and it was all for charity…”
Eight years later, Anderson became a two-time champion when he beat New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell during the “2012 Jeopardy! Power Players Week.”Alex passed away in 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer[/caption]
The CNN anchor will be filling in for long-time host Alex, who passed away last year at the age of 80 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Her guest slot was followed by the controversial television personality Dr Oz.
Mehmet Oz’s two weeks of hosting was met with uproar over some of his unpopular medical beliefs.Many notable faces have guest hosted in his place including legendary champion Ken Jennings[/caption] Katie Couric became the show’s first female host[/caption]
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Five hundred former Jeopardy! contestants signed a letter that opposed the selection of Oz as guest host.
Other celebrities set to guest host include Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Savannah Guthrie and The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik.
New episodes of Jeopardy! will be airing on ABC at 7pm every day of the week.Dr. Oz also guest hosted, but was met with plenty of backlash over some of his unpopular medical beliefs[/caption]