During the first week there was somebody who posted a picture of them holding a target, saying, "Gonna go home and watch Buzzy." That frightened me. There was a troll who was wishing really awful things on me, more weird than anything. He wanted me to get Crohn's disease and hoped I would get T-boned in my car while leaving the taping. I was just like, What?
I don't know what I could have done differently. I'm glad I had fun doing it. But it's funny that people try to read into stuff that isn't real. The first week I got a lot of guff because everyone thought that I was, like, as the kids say, cheesing to the other contestants, smiling at them with this big shit-eating grin. Like, "Oh, Buzzy's such a dick -- look at him smiling at those people he just beat." But I was smiling at my family [sitting in the audience].
Jeopardy! was very authentic. The only clunky moment was on the last game that I was on. In the opening, Alex Trebek said something about the social-media response to me, which they obviously filmed afterwards. So that was kind of spacey. And then at the end, he said something like, "He'll be back for the Tournament of Champions," which he didn't say that day. The only thing that kind of bummed me out about that was the look on my face, like I'd just lost. But the look on my face wasn't about being bummed out that I'd lost; it was just the two days of taping catching up with me. My wife and I both said we could see the fatigue during that last game. So Alex says, "He'll be back for the Tournament of Champions" and then the show cuts to my face and I look like totally wrecked. That I didn't love. But I will be back.