Anderson Cooper is the latest personality to take a turn hosting beloved game show Jeopardy!, with the first of his scheduled 10 episodes airing Monday.

“I’m a dork, and I just have to own that,” he quipped just hours before the quiz show’s theme song played in much of the country. He came to that conclusion watching a video the show produced for him, which included him speaking about his love for the show and clips of his previous appearances.

The CNN anchor also explained that, while he rarely gets nervous, standing where former host Alex Trebek once stood was an exception.

“It was a great honor and very moving for me,” Cooper said.

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