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WHAT THE BUZZ?

Jeopardy! alum Buzzy Cohen sparks rumors he will replace Mayim Bialik & Ken Jennings as host with ‘cryptic message’

JEOPARDY! alum Buzzy Cohen has continued sparking rumors he's returning to HOST.

Another "cryptic message" hinted he will REPLACE Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings.

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Jeopardy! fans have always wanted Buzzy Cohen to score a chance at hostingCredit: Getty
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Amid Ken Jennings & Mayim Bialik's shared duties, the major alum has dropped more 'cryptic messages' he's not off the boardCredit: ABC

Actress Mayim, 46, is hosting Jeopardy! after Ken's recent stint and announcement he'd be out for "months."

“I'm handing the keys back to the talented actor-producer-writer-director (!) Mayim Bialik for a few months," the fan-favorite surprisingly tweeted in May, adding, “We are lucky to have her! I'll be back before the end of the season.”

The permanent hosting slot is said to be decided by the end of Season 38 in July 2022.

But another fan favorite alum is feverishly fueling the 'buzz' he's still in the running.

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Last week, famous nine-game winner Buzzy implied he was hosting next year's Celebrity Jeopardy - at the very least

A fan account dedicated to the game show tweeted: “100% prepared to be wrong but still not totally believing that the Mayim-hosts-primetime-Jeopardy thing is still here."

Buzzy replied with a gif of Yoda saying, “No, there is another.”

On Saturday, the star - currently a Chaser on ABC’s The Chase - 'Daily'-doubled down on his potential involvement.

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He tweeted, "Shout out to the camera guys on [as yet unannounced project] for convincing me to get a picopresso from @wacaco_ltd - cannot wait to get this thing going!!!"

Followers poured over the "unannounced project" news, one day earlier he tweeted he was still in Los Angeles.

One fan wrote,"What ARE you up to Buzzy? Just watched my DVR'd Chase & you’re once again noticeably absent. Hmm…"

Prolific Twitter user OneEclecticMom, who steadfastly recaps every contestant's fashion and whom Jeopardy! has profiled, seemed to know something too.

"Ooh, [as yet unannounced project] is my FAVE. Can't wait for more, uh, episodes... or um, seasons?" she wildly replied.

WHAT IS: HE UP TO?

Today, the well-kempt suit-clad cult favorite shared a gif on Twitter.

It showed a character from TV's It's Always Sunny piecing together a conspiracy with red string.

Fans once more were floored, as one wrote "Is this an encrypted message?? I don't get it."

Another asked, "What does this mean?"

A third strung together a Jeopardy! reference and wrote, "Me explaining to my friends in great depth about my favorite trivia show that’s mostly for boomers."

Then, later on Wednesday, Buzzy shared another peculiar post.

With no caption, he posted to Twitter showing that he was getting his hair styled in a mirror selfie.

The post would be innocuous if haircuts weren't such a major category for potential Jeopardy! hosting.

On Ken's podcast Omnibus, he shared that Jeopardy! requires its hosts to maintain a certain hair length for taping.

"It's very short right now, but this is calculated," Ken said on his show last month. "I need to be on TV in exactly three weeks."

Stating he was taping more himself (making the Ken-Buzzy combo a possibility too) he added, "I have to have it the exact right length.

"But a month thereafter, I'm going to be on... I've got to do Jeopardy! again, but they will trim it that day."

"So then I can get back down. There's a lot of math that goes into this."

Ken also seems all-too-aware that many fans love Buzzy more than him - and that the hair length matters to the game show.

Last month, Ken Twitter-taunted the alum by egging his followers to make him get a buzzcut.

"Should I shave my head?" Buzzy asked his 42K followers.

The options were "Yes,' 'No,' 'Big Yes,' or 'Big No.'"

Regardless, the poll's results weren't cutting it with a slightly jealous Ken, so to speak, who put his weight behind Buzzy buzzing it off.

Ken tweeted just 10 minutes later, "'Big No' is way ahead right now, but if we successfully brigade this poll, Buzzy Cohen legally has to shave his head. Fly monkeys!"

Seemingly quoting The Wizard of Oz, "Big Yes" magically was head-and-shoulders ahead with 43%.

But now it appears Buzzy's full head of hair is intact as he confirmed he's heading back to Jeopardy! at least for the Celebrity spinoff if not more.

The next season of Jeopardy! is said to begin filming in July as its current season ends - contract negotiations are underway.

Season 38 has indeed wrapped on taping, but Buzzy has now fanned the flames of possibility he's not only hosting Celebrity Jeopardy but even Season 39.

WHO IS: BUZZY COHEN?

Buzzy, the bespectacled brainiac dropping hosting hints - is a former champ who appeared in April and May 2016.

To this day, fans tweet #hirebuzzy alongside their takes, loving the bespectacled brainiac since he appeared on the show 

He was even known as "Mr. Personality" by the late, great Alex Trebek.

At the end of his run, he took home $164,603.

He came back to Jeopardy! for the 2017 Tournament of Champions, where he won the grand prize of $250,000.

He then went on to appear in the Jeopardy! All-Star Games relay tournament in 2019.

In 2021, Buzzy hosted the Tournament of Champions, leading fans to beg for Jeopardy! to make him a permanent host.

Instead, that gig is currently being fought for by Mayim and Ken.

Last month, an ABC executive dropped a hint that Mayim would still take on the Celebrity Jeopardy role too.

The network announced Celeb Jeopardy! during the reveal of its Fall 2022-2023 schedule, but in the reveal, according to Variety, ABC added: “A host will be announced at a later date.”

The President of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, Craig Erwich, teased that he “wouldn’t read anything into” this note about the emcee not yet being shared.

Despite her name being left out of the announcement, Mayim will likely be tapped for the gig, as she was previously revealed to be working on Jeopardy! spinoffs.

When asked if this means fans should not assume Mayim won't host just because her name was missing, he simply replied: “Correct."

This would make Buzzy a co-host if that's even what he's taping.

Ken and Mayim began filling in for the legendary Alex after his tragic 2020 passing and a fleet of Season 37 celebrity guest hosts, including now-disgraced Mike Richards.

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Buzzy never got a chance at guesting the syndicated program.

The fact that the hosting slot is still undecided has been a huge point of discussion, as the late Alex had hosted since 1984.

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Jeopardy! alum Buzzy Cohen dropped a wildly 'cryptic message' on Wednesday of a conspiracy board, fueling rumors he's replacing Ken Jennings & Mayim Bialik
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After Ken teased the alum by asking him to shave his head, which is 'not allowed' for regular hosting - Buzzy also shared Wednesday he's doing anything but
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The alum-turned-Ken's replacement on The Chase - from which he has also been absent - hinted he's hosting Celebrity Jeopardy at the very least before tweeting an 'unannounced project'
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