LOS ANGELES - “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek appeared to get a little emotional after seeing a contestant’s answer on Monday night’s episode.
During the Final Jeopardy! round, contestants received the clue: “In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 exposé of poverty in New York City slums, these three words follow ‘How the.’”
Contestant Dhruv Gaur didn’t immediately know the answer, so he used the moment to share words of encouragement for the longtime host who is battling pancreatic cancer.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and contestant Dhruv Guar are pictured in images from the show taping, which aired on Nov. 11, 2019. (Photo credit: Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)
“What is, we love you, Alex!” Gaur wrote.
“That’s very kind of you. Thank you,” Trebek replied, appearing to get a little choked up at the touching gesture.
Guar later shared on Twitter that he was glad he got the opportunity to say “what everybody at the tournament was thinking.”
“For context, Alex had just shared with us that he was reentering treatment for pancreatic cancer,” Guar wrote on Twitter. “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 continued: “I’m just very grateful I got the opportunity to say what I know everyone was thinking. Sending all the love.”
Trebek announced to “Jeopardy!” fans in March that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in a YouTube video. Last month, he appeared in a public service announcement to educate others on the early warning signs.
“I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer,” he said.
“I’m not afraid of dying,” the 79-year-old said. “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life...if it happens, why should I be afraid that?”
Trebek has served as the host of “Jeopardy!” since 1984, appearing in more than 8,000 episodes.
This story was reported from Cincinnati.