Danger! fans are CONVINCED that a former major could return to host.
Amid Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings’ battle for the game show gig, Buzzy Cohen cryptically tweeted that he was recording an “unannounced project.”
Actress Mayim Bialik, 46, hosts Jeopardy! after Ken’s recent visit and the announcement that he would be away 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 hosting slot would be decided by the end of Season 38 in July 2022.
But another fan favorite could be tapped for more than he’s letting on.
Last week, famous nine-match winner Buzzy hinted that he would be hosting Celebrity Jeopardy next year.
A fan account dedicated to the game show tweeted: “100% ready to get it wrong but still not totally convinced the Mayim-hosts-primetime-Jeopardy thing is still here.”
Fueling speculation, Buzzy responded with a gif of Yoda saying, “No, there’s another one.”
Danger! lovers buzzed over news of Buzzy, thinking he might host the spin-off in prime time – before he tweeted wildly once more.
On Saturday, the sartorial star – currently Chaser on ABC The Chase – ‘Daily’ – doubled down on his potential involvement.
He tweeted“Shout out to the camera guys on [as yet unannounced project] for convincing me to get a picopresso from @wacaco_ltd – can’t wait to get started!!!”
Followers were confused about what the ‘unannounced project’ could be, a day earlier he tweeted that he was still in Los Angeles.
WHAT: HE ‘TAPING?’
One Twitter user commented on the update, “What are you doing with Buzzy? Just watched my DVR’d Chase and you’re conspicuously absent yet again. Hmm…”
Another wrote, ‘lots to unpack here’, while a third commented, ‘I KNEW IT’.
“Oh, [as yet unannounced project] is my FAVE. Can’t wait for more, uh, episodes… or uh, seasons?” she replied wildly.
The “project” – a devotee’s “fave” – could indeed eventually host (or co-host) regularly streaming Jeopardy!.
BUZZY ABOUT BUZZY
Buzzy is a former champion who appeared in April and May 2016.
To this day, fans have been tweeting #hirebuzzy next to their takes, adoring the bespectacled mastermind ever since he appeared on the show.
He was even known as “Mr. Personality” by the late great Alex Trebek.
At the end of its run, it won $164,603.
He returned to Jeopardy! for the 2017 Tournament of Champions, where he won the grand prize of $250,000.
He next appeared in Jeopardy! All-Star Games Relay Tournament in 2019.
In 2021, Buzzy hosted the Tournament of Champions, leading fans to cry Jeopardy! to make it a permanent host.
Instead, this gig is currently being fought by Mayim and Ken.
Last month, an ABC executive hinted that Mayim would still take on the Celebrity Jeopardy role.
The network announced Celeb Jeopardy! during the reveal of its fall 2022-2023 schedule, but in the reveal, according to VarietyABC added, “A host will be announced at a later date.”
ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals president Craig Erwich teased that he “wouldn’t read anything in” that note about the emcee which was not yet shared.
Although her name was not mentioned in the announcement, Mayim will probably be selected for the concert, since it has already been revealed that she is working on Jeopardy! spin off.
When asked if that meant fans shouldn’t assume Mayim wouldn’t be the host just because his name was missing, he simply replied, “Correct.”
That would make Buzzy a co-host if that’s even what he’s recording.
BACK IN THE BATTLE OF HOSTS?
Ken and Mayim began to replace the legendary Alex after his tragic passing in 2020 and a fleet of Season 37 celebrity guests, including the now-disgraced Mike Richards.
Buzzy never had the chance to be invited to the syndicated program.
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.
Streak holder Mattea Roach said after her run that she wanted Ken to take over between the bottom two.
But Ken seems all too aware that many fans love Buzzy more than he does.
Last month, he poked fun at the alum on Twitter by tricking his followers into giving him a buzzcut.
“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, so to speak, Ken throwing 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%.
The joke would be harmless if Ken had not declared on his Ombibus podcast that Jeopardy! requires its hosts to maintain a certain hair length for duct tape.
“It’s very short right now, but it’s calculated,” Ken said on his show last month. “I have to be on TV in exactly three weeks.”
Stating that he was recording more himself (which also made the Ken-Buzzy combo possible), he added: “I have to get it exactly the right length.
“But a month later, I’m gonna be on…I have to do Jeopardy again! Again, but they’ll cut it that day.”
“So I can go back down. There’s a lot of math to do in there.”