Anderson Cooper is best known as an Emmy-winning journalist for CNN but, now, he can add another title to his resume -- Jeopardy! host. Yes, Cooper is among the star-studded list of celebrities that have been taking on the job since the beginning of the new year. Cooper just kicked off his stint on Monday, and he seems to be relatively comfortable in the role. As a longtime fan of the game show, Anderson has to be pleased with the gig but, based on the adorable picture he just shared, there’s another great aspect of the situation.
To mark his debut as the host of Jeopardy!, Anderson Cooper posted a picture to his Instagram, which showed his nearly-1-year-old son, Wyatt, watching him on the show. Cooper explained why the moment was particularly special for him:
Wyatt has never seen me on tv before, and he likely won’t for a long while, but apparently he caught a bit of me on @Jeopardy! It was a dream come true to be guest hosting, and to pay tribute to #AlexTrebek and raise money for @hashaiti.
It turns out little Wyatt Cooper doesn’t get to watch his father at work on a regular basis, which is understandable since Anderson Cooper usually has to cover some heavy subject matter. So it’s nice that the little guy gets a chance to see his pop on screen in a more relaxed setting. Check out the sweet photo for yourself:
Jeopardy!’s guest hosts have received some pretty varied reactions over the past few months. When former Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings finished up with his stint earlier this year, a toddler actually cried upon hearing the news. Jennings then proceeded to send a nice response to the youngster. Aaron Rodgers, who finished his run as host last week, received positive feedback from fiance Shailene Woodley, who seems to be more into him hosting than “throwing balls.”
Some responses, however, haven’t been quite as positive, though. When it was revealed that Dr. Oz would take to the iconic desk to begin his Jeopardy! stint, fans weren’t too pleased. Many took to social media to voice their displeasure with the TV doctor.
Anderson Cooper, on the other hand, is already receiving mostly positive reviews from reviewers, with some noting how he likes to have fun with the job. It’s not too surprising that he’s a solid fit, given he’s a natural when it comes to on-camera work. Plus, he’s no stranger to the Jeopardy! stage, as he competed on the show four times between 2014 and 2016 on Celebrity Jeopardy!.
There’s very little reason to doubt Anderson Cooper won’t be able to keep the momentum as he continues his Jeopardy! stint through April 30. And you can bet that his son, Wyatt, will continue to tune in to watch his dad work.