Brown University Student Honors Host Alex Trebek During Final ‘Jeopardy’ Round
Monday night things got emotional during the Final Jeopardy! round when contestant Dhruv Gaur expressed his admiration for Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek.
Trebek, 79 who is battling pancreatic cancer, was pleasantly surprised when Gaur used his answer on to honor him. He bet $1,995 of his $2,000 on the answer – meaning he threw away his shot at a win.
Instead of writing in his question, the Tournament of Champions contestant wrote: “We love you, Alex!”
Trebek has been hosting the game show for the last 35 years — and was definitely caught off guard when he saw the message. As he teared up he said, “Oh, that’s very kind of you, thank you.” He added, “(That) cost you $1,995, you’re left with $5.”
Gaur later took to Twitter to say he had no regrets and was just saying what everyone else was thinking.
The Brown University student said, “Sorry for west coast spoilers, but I’m really glad I got the opportunity to say to Alex what everybody at the tournament was thinking.”
“For context, Alex had just shared with us that he was reentering treatment for pancreatic cancer. We were all hurting for him so badly. 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. He said, “I’m just very grateful I got the opportunity to say what I know everyone was thinking. Sending all the love. #weloveyoualex.”
He’s not the first contestant to make a grand gesture with Trebek in mind. Game winners have been expressing their support for the host. Recently, Ari Gupta who was the 2019 Teen Tournament Champion and took home $100,000 in winnings donated $10,000 of his winnings to an Oregon cancer research institute in honor of Trebek.
Trebek, has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment in between taping episodes ever since revealing back in March that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He hasn’t missed a day on the show, which tapes in advance, since his diagnosis.
Trebek revealed in September that his doctor had ordered him to have chemotherapy against after taking a short break from treatment.
He told Good Morning America that after a short period of optimism when he stopped chemotherapy, his “numbers shot up” and doctors ordered him back on the treatment. He’s mentioned that while he’s concerned about what his passing would mean for his loved ones, he’s not afraid of what lies ahead noting “I’m 79 years old, I’ve had one hell of a good life.”