Jeopardy! contestant throws away $2k winnings in touching tribute to host Alex Trebek

Mirror Online Entertainment 1 month ago

A contestant on US game show Jeopardy! made a touching tribute to host Alex Trebek, who is leaving the show due to his battle with pancreatic cancer.

The hopeful threw away his $1,995 winnings in his final answer to honour Trebek, who has hosted the show since 1984.

The 79-year-old host has stage 4 cancer, and is beginning another round of chemotherapy in a bid to defeat the illness.

Trebekr revealed his diagnosis in March, and has never missed a taping of the show since.

But he has opened up about the sores in his mouth which are a side effect from the aggressive treatment, that are starting to make it harder for him to speak clearly.

Alex Trebek choked back tears at the sweet gesture

On Monday night, in the final round of the show, Dhruv Gaur opted to write "We love you, Alex!" instead of his question.

He bet $1,995 of his $2,000, meaning he left the show with just $5.

When Trebek saw the message, he immediately got choked up with tears.

"Oh, that's very kind of you", he said.

Dhruv Gaur wrote "We love you, Alex!" as his answer

"Thank you."

The crowd "Aww"d at the heartfelt moment.

Gaur revealed on Twitter afterwards that he had no regrets about his choice.

"I'm really glad I got the opportunity to say to Alex what everybody at the tournament was thinking", said Gaur.

Alex Trebek is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which is forcing him to quit the show after 35 years

"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. 

"I'm just very grateful I got the opportunity to say what I know everyone was thinking. Sending all the love. #weloveyoualex".

Gaur said he has no regrets about throwing away his winnings to honour Alex

Shortly afterwards, Alex, and #WeLoveYouAlex were both trending on Twitter.

Another contestant, Ari Gupta, also recently donated $10,000 of his winnings to an Oregon cancer research institute in honour of Trebek.

Gupta, who won the show, donated the money to The Oregon Health & Science University's Knight Cancer Institute.

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