"Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek got emotional when a contestant sent him a kind message during the game.
As contestant Dhruv Gaur headed into Final Jeopardy during the Tournament of Champions with $2,000 on his board, Trebek asked him, “In a title of a groundbreaking 1890 exposé of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow ‘How the.’”
Instead of answering the question, Gaur wagered $1,995 and answered, “What is… we <3 you, Alex.”
Trebek, 79, was visibly emotional and said, “That’s very kind of you, thank you.” Gaur's wager left him with $5.
In March, Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which he announced with a video message. Trebek underwent chemotherapy and returned to the show in September, but he has since divulged that doctors told him he will need more chemotherapy.
Gaur tweeted about the moment after the show aired, revealing that, "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."
“I’m just very grateful I got the opportunity to say what I know everyone was thinking. Sending all the love. #weloveyoualex,” Guar also tweeted.
Trebek’s current contract with the game show has him hosting it until 2022.
"I have to host 'Jeopardy!' for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we'll win. We'll get it done," Trebek said when he first announced his diagnosis.