Jeopardy’s Ken Jennings! trolls fellow student Buzzy Cohen into trying the WILD makeover
JEOPARDY’S Ken Jennings trolled an old comrade in a cruel fashion.
The host, who has been quiet on the permanent game show gig, pushed rival Buzzy Cohen into a WILD makeover on Twitter.
Actress Mayim Bialik, 46, hosts Jeopardy! after Ken’s previous three weeks at the helm and the announcement that he would be out for “months”.
“I’m giving the keys back to talented actor-producer-writer-director(!) Mayim Bialik for a few months,” the fan-favorite surprisingly tweeted in May, adding, “We’re lucky to have him! I’m will return before the end of the season.
The permanent accommodation slot is still on the schedule and will be decided by the end of Season 38 in July 2022.
Many fans prefer 47-year-old Ken because he’s famous for winning the most Jeopardy matches! in 2004 and appears to be the natural successor to Alex Trebek – promisingly revealing in a recent podcast episode that he was doing more pre-recorded show recordings this month.
Austin David Cohen – or Buzzy Cohen – and have a friendly but indisputable history.
Buzzy appeared in nine matches in April and May 2016 and was known as “Mr. Personality” to the late great Alex.
During Ken’s current Jeopardy! hiatus, he remained silent on Twitter – posting game show news rarely or not at all.
But he couldn’t resist harassing his TV playmate in an act that’s nothing short of ridiculous.
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At the end of his run, Buzzy won $164,603 and returned to Jeopardy! for the 2017 Tournament of Champions, where he won the grand prize of $250,000.
Buzzy next appeared in Jeopardy! The All-Star Games relay tournament in 2019, and in 2021 hosted the Tournament of Champions, leading fans to cry Jeopardy! to make it the permanent host.
Buzzy replaced Ken for Season 2 of ABC’s sister show The Chase last year – although many fans sounded Ken’s departure was another “hint” that he was getting closer to the big gig.
And speaking of buzz, on June 8, the well-dressed man posted a Twitter poll – and Ken couldn’t help it.
“Should I shave my head? Buzzy asked his 42,000 followers.
The options were “Yes”, “No”, “Big yes” or “Big no”.
Either way, the poll results weren’t up to snuff with a mildly jealous Ken, so to speak, putting all his weight behind Buzzy to buzz him.
Ken tweeted just 10 minutes later, “‘Big No’ is ahead right now, but if we pass this poll, Buzzy Cohen must legally shave his head. Fly monkeys!”
Apparently quoting The Wizard of Oz, “Big Yes” was magically ahead of the head and shoulders with 43%.
A shocked fan replied, “Big Yes took the lead in 3 minutes!”
Another fan wrote, “I am at your service, KJ. Buzzy will be buzzed.”
A third lamented “NOoooooooooooo!!!” as the well-dressed alum may indeed have his head shaved for future episodes because of Ken.
Buzzy tweeted in response to his poll-turned-barbershop joke, “what did ken do?
To this day, Jeopardy! fans tweet #hirebuzzy next to their takes, adoring the bespectacled mastermind ever since he appeared on the show – it’s now up to the 74-game winner and Mayim.
Ken’s quiet lodging break included photos of mysterious trips to unlabeled locations, though knowledge-hungry fans spotted a visit to Hawaii as well as time spent back home in Washington.
Ken lives in a $3 million mountainous mansion with his wife, two children and dog Chance – and has been there for eight years.
Many fans found the actress to be a perfectly brave presence, especially as the front passenger for Ryan’s sadly derailed streak that ended June 6 after 16 big wins.
But while she was gone, she had a few speed bumps, including an off-color NSFW adlib about marijuana use, joking, “Joint committee, got it?”
Mayim also seemed to misunderstand Queen’s band legacy and regularly answered fellow contestants’ earnest Q&As with jokes.
The host once bluntly responded to a gamer’s story about autism research in children: “Glad to hear that spitting into a tube was more effective than drawing blood.”
And during the same round in a different game – one of them said he was in a “posh sports league” and Mayim snapped back, “That’s so exciting” and moved on.
Mayim had another reaction to the Q&A story that ended before Ken returned for his May period – she told a doctor he was “just an anesthetist, not a surgeon”.
Ken and Mayim began to replace the legendary Alex after his tragic passing in 2020 and a fleet of celebrity guests in season 37, including the now-disgraced Mike Richards – Buzzy never had a chance to be invited to the program unionized.
The fact that the hosting niche is still undecided has been a huge talking point, as the late Alex had been hosting since 1984.
As another fan tweeted recently, “Actually I like both Ken and Mayim so that’s it, at least for me”, although another replied that the 74 match winner and the greatest of all time, given his resume, is still a “showworthy best” between them.
Canadian tutor Mattea Roach, Ryan and Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio – all from this stunning season – will compete in the Tournament of Champions in November.
Even streak holder Mattea said after her run that she wanted Ken to take over between the bottom two.
“As a contestant, there’s something really special about being on stage with the greatest player of all time,” she said. Vulture.
Speaking of Twitter, Ryan – whose heartfelt story and streak went viral like Mattea’s – was snubbed a tick last week while the Canadian champ got one.