Alex Trebek has become a TV legend as the stoic and composed face of ‘Jeopardy!’, a show he’s hosted since 1984.
On an episode aired Monday night, however, that stoicism melted away, if ever so briefly.
During Final Jeopardy contestant Dhruv Gaur’s, deep in third place, sacrificed his earnings with an answer “We Love you Alex”, which led the host to briefly choke back tears before composing himself and finishing the round.
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The emotional surprise came months after Trebek announced his battle against stage 4 pancreatic cancer this year. The disease has a notoriously low survival rate.
The iconic TV host has been open about his cancer battle, and has continued his hosting duties even during painful treatments.
In a recent interview with Canadian television, Trebek said ‘‘I’m not afraid of dying. 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?’’
See the emotional clip below: