Alex Trebek Got Emotional After Touching Message From Jeopardy Contestant

But moments before Boettcher punched her ticket to the finals, setting up a potential rematch against James Holzhauer, there was a moment that touched host Alex Trebek, 79, and many Jeopardy fans.

"When Final Jeopardy came up, I could've tried to puzzle it together, but really, just kept thinking about Alex, and thought he should know".

In lieu of an answer to the question, contestant Dhruv Gaur, a college student at Brown University, wrote "We love you, Alex", with "love" being shown as a heart.

Alex Trebek revealed earlier this year that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2019. All of the Tournament of Champions contestants have donned purple ribbons while competing to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.

Trebek is battling cancer and was noticeably moved by Gaur's gesture as it caught him by surprise.

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"I truly hope Alex Trebek knows how much joy he has brought into our homes for so many years". ($1995!) I imagine Trebek will not be the last person fighting back tears rewatching this very powerful moment.

"That's very kind of you", Trebek said.

"I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced before my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer", he said in the video. Trebek has made a decision to continue hosting the show, however, returning in August after starting chemotherapy. "They mentioned, 'Good, we're going to cease chemo, we'll begin you on immunotherapy, ' and I misplaced about 12 lbs.in per week and my numbers went sky-high, a lot larger than they have been after I was first recognized".

"Normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working", he said when he initially announced his diagnosis.

"I was inspired to give by Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy! and someone who I have looked up to my whole life", he said.

  • Michelle Webb