'Jeopardy!' Champion Buzzy Cohen Reveals 5 Surprising Parts of the Game Show That You Don't See on TV

He discusses the show's origins, contestants, and memorable moments.

'Jeopardy!' Champion Buzzy Cohen Reveals 5 Surprising Parts of the Game Show That You Don't See on TV

This article was originally published on Business Insider.

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Buzzy Cohen is a Los Angeles music executive who won $164 603 over a nine day streak on "Jeopardy!" In 2016, he won the 2017 Tournament of Champions. In 2021, he returned to the Tournament of Champions as a special guest host.

He's now the host of "This is Jeopardy !...The story of America's favorite quiz show." The first episode, produced by Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television in partnership, premieres on April 26.

In the podcast we really look at how we got here, where "Jeopardy!" is now. Insider reported that he said "Jeopardy! is not a gameshow, it's not a quiz show. It's an institution." There's something to please 'Jeopardy! ' Fans, but also people interested in American culture and entertainment.

Cohen shared some of the behind-the scenes details that his viewers may not have seen.

Buzzy Cohen is a contestant on "Jeopardy!" Jeopardy Productions Inc.

The winners of "Jeopardy!" change their outfits in between tapings, giving the impression that they are competing on a separate day. In reality, shows are recorded one after the other.

Cohen, who had to play 10 games back-to-back in two consecutive days of taping, admitted that he hadn't anticipated how "exhausting the schedule" would be.

He said, "I think that people are definitely surprised by this." It's impressive that people are able to run long distances, because they have mental and physical stamina as well as endurance.

From 1984 until 2020, Alex Trebek hosted "Jeopardy!" Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images Business Insider.

The hosts use an earpiece for communication with the producers while they perform many tasks that viewers are not aware of.

Cohen explained that it was surprising how little time you spend on screen, yet you read the clues, call a contestant and ask them to choose. "If you are a contestant, and someone has a double daily, you would be like, "Okay, let's take a deep breath. I'm going regroup here." If you are the host, then you will be in those moments.

Cohen says that in addition to running "Jeopardy!," he must also maintain the excitement and energy necessary for the game show. The host's job is to keep the fans tuned in.

He said that if you don't care about the material you are reading, you will come across as uninterested to those watching at home. Alex Trebek's ability to make commitment and staying with something look easy is what I find difficult.

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Harris, who also works as a researcher for the show, is seated at the judges table, off-screen. Harris flips the switch to enable the buzzers when the host has finished reading the clue. The Ringer’s Claire McNear reports that if contestants buzz in ahead of the host finishing reading the clue they are locked out for quarter-seconds.

The buzzer is the focus of an entire episode of "This Is Jeopardy !...The History of America's Most Favorite Quizshow".

Cohen stated, "We discuss the contestant's point of view." There are buzzer experts who are contestants. We interviewed a guy that wrote a book about the buzzer. He gives buzzer workshops during trivia events. We also speak to Michael Harris who is the person behind the buzzer. We discuss the rule that has made the buzzer the way it is today.

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A contestant may provide a response that needs further consideration, for example, an incorrect pronunciation.

Cohen explained that "good hosts make a lot traffic control stuff look easy." "I worked hard to make the show as simple as possible. But you don't think about it while you are watching."

Left to right: "Jeopardy!" James Holzhauer (left), Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Eric McCandless via Getty Images

Other "Jeopardy!" Other "Jeopardy!" contestants have also spoken out against online harassment following their appearances on the show.

Cohen says that "Jeopardy!" is a great show. The alumni community supports each other.

The people at "Jeopardy!" want the fans to respect the contestants," Cohen said. Cohen stated that he wanted the fans to show respect for the contestants. "I am glad that this show has a more forward-looking approach. I also enjoy when my other contestants jump in to assemble 'Jeopardy! '. "I'm glad this show is taking a more forward approach, and I also love when my fellow contestants can jump in and kind of assemble the 'Jeopardy!