“I’m a dork, and I just have to own that,” he quipped simply hours earlier than the quiz present’s theme music performed in a lot of the nation. He got here to that conclusion watching a video the present produced for him, which included him talking about his love for the present and clips of his earlier appearances.
The CNN anchor additionally defined that, whereas he hardly ever will get nervous, standing the place former host Alex Trebek as soon as stood was an exception.
“It was a great honor and very moving for me,” Cooper mentioned.
He remembered Trebek, who hosted the quiz present from 1984 till he died in November, as “the perfect host,” who performed himself with “such intelligence, humor and grace.”
The journalist has competed on particular editions of Jeopardy! 4 instances — and he received twice!— so he is aware of what it is like for contestants. He earned some optimistic early opinions on Twitter.
Cooper took over the publish from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who himself received Celebrity Jeopardy! twice. In his sign-off message, Rodgers cited a piece of Trebek’s 2020 memoir, The Answer Is…: Reflections of My Life, in regards to the significance of placing the gamers first. Rodgers added, “I hope that’s how my two weeks will be remembered.”
Next on the schedule to host is 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker, who can be adopted by Jeopardy! champ Buzzy Cohen, Call Me Kat actress Mayim Bialik, Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, and Cooper’s colleague, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. On Saturday, the New York Post reported that Joe Buck, the voice of MLB and the NFL on Fox, can even get a shot.
Meanwhile, many followers of the present are nonetheless ready to see Star Trek alum and Reading Rainbow alum LeVar Burton on the helm. As of Monday afternoon, greater than 244,000 individuals had signed a petition calling for him to be the subsequent host.
Reps for Jeopardy! didn’t reply to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for remark.
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