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$250,000 Grand Prize will be Matched and Donated to the

Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless


The 10-Day Event Presented by Consumer Cellular Airs May 17-28


CULVER CITY, CALIF. (April 14, 2021) ­– JEOPARDY! All-Star Buzzy Cohen has signed on to guest host the upcoming Tournament of Champions, presented by Consumer Cellular, which is set to air May 17-28.


Fifteen top competitors are set to face off for the $250,000 grand prize, which will be matched and donated to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless. The Trebek Center will assist up to 300 people per year with shelter, intensive case management, mental health services, job training and placement, substance abuse counseling, housing navigation, life skill training and medical care.


Cohen, a fan favorite, first appeared on JEOPARDY! in 2016 when he won $164,603 over 9 games. He returned in 2017 to win the Tournament of Champions and in 2019 as a team captain for the show’s All-Star Games. Since hosting duties require him to work closely with the writers and producers of JEOPARDY!, Cohen will no longer be eligible to compete in regular tournaments.


“Buzzy has been where each of these champions is, so it’ll be comforting for the contestants to see a familiar face behind the lectern,” said Mike Richards, Executive Producer of JEOPARDY!. “We will miss seeing him compete, but we look forward to seeing how he uses his quick wit and personality as guest host.”


The Tournament of Champions consists of players who won the most games between the last Tournament of Champions and the end of 2020 as well as the most recent Teachers Tournament and College Championship winners. The complete roster of contestants is as follows:




Total Winnings

Games Won

Ryan Bilger

Macungie, PA


4 Shows

Karen Farrell

Chesapeake, VA


8 Shows

Ryan Hemmel

Los Angeles, CA


4 Shows

Ben Henri

Grosse Pointe, MI


Teachers Champion

Mackenzie Jones

Tulsa, OK


8 Shows

Sam Kavanaugh

Carlton, MN


5 Shows

Steve Moulds

Louisville, KY


3 Shows

Jennifer Quail

Dowagiac, MI


8 Shows

Sarah Jett Rayburn

Hutto, TX


4 Shows

Nibir Sarma

Eden Prairie, MN


College Champion

Paul Trifiletti

Athens, GA


5 Shows

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan

Portland, OR


4 Shows

Kevin Walsh

Williamstown, NJ


5 Shows

Andy Wood

Ann Arbor, MI


4 Shows

Jason Zuffranieri

Albuquerque, NM


19 Shows


Check local listings or visit for show times and stations.



JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show™ is in its 37th season in syndication. With a weekly audience of 24 million viewers, JEOPARDY! is the top-rated quiz show on television, and has received numerous awards and honors. The show holds the Guinness World Records® title for the most Emmy® Awards won by a TV game show, and it received a Peabody Award for “celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; it is distributed domestically by CBS Media Ventures and internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, both units of ViacomCBS. For more information, please visit


About Consumer Cellular:

Consumer Cellular is a top-rated wireless carrier that provides no-contract cell phones and service plans primarily to those 50+. The company has been an approved AARP Provider for over 12 years and offers AARP members special discounts on service. Founded 25 years ago on the belief that everyone should have affordable access to the safety and convenience of cellular service, Consumer Cellular is privately held with 2,000 employees. The Portland, Ore.-based company utilizes the nation's largest voice and data networks, which covers 99 percent of the U.S. population. Consumer Cellular's wireless phones and plans are sold nationwide at leading retailers such as Target, as well as direct to consumers at or (888) 345-5509. The company has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for 11 years in a row. Consumer Cellular received the highest score in the non-contract value segment of the J.D. Power 2016 (V2) – 2021 (V1) Wireless Non-Contract Customer Care Performance Studies of customers' satisfaction with wireless customer care experience. For J.D. Power 2021 award information, visit For cellphone tutorials, features, applications and company news, connect with Consumer Cellular on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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Press Contacts:

Krista Ostensen Osche

Interim Director of Communications | JEOPARDY!

(310) 244-6286


Susie Eun

Senior Publicity Manager | JEOPARDY!

(310) 244-6517



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Krista Ostensen Osche