‘Jeopardy!’ Celebrity Edition Recruits ‘Power Players’

by | April 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM | TV News

Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


Jeopardy!” has enlisted 15 celebrities with some impressive credentials to compete in a special edition for “Power Players Week,” including Anderson Cooper, Dr. Oz and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Collectively as a group, they have 21 Emmys, eight Peabodys, four Pulitzer Prizes and a Grammy Award, as well as served under three White House administrations and includes the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

The winner of each night collects a minimum of $50,000 for the charity of their choice. And even the losers win, as the other players will earn a guaranteed $10,000 for their causes.

The “Power Players” will tape the shows in front of an audience at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on April 21. The episodes will then air May 14 – 18.

Here’s the complete list of the celebrity contestants:

NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Comedian Lewis Black

CNN’s Anderson Cooper

CNBC host David Faber

New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

BBC World News America’s Katty Kay

MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews

NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell

CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page

Fox News Channel’s Dana Perino

NBC News’ Chuck Todd

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace

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