A “Jeopardy!” contestant caught host Alex Trebek off guard with a simple but sweet message delivered in true game show fashion.
Instead of writing an answer for a Final Jeopardy clue, studio player Dhruv Gaur, wrote a message to express his appreciation for the long-running show host.
“What is we ❤️ you, Alex!” Gaur wrote on his blue screen during the episode which aired on Monday night.
“Oh, that’s very kind. Thank you,” Trebek said, acknowledging the unexpected gesture.
Visibly touched, Trebek’s voice can be heard cracking as he read Gaur’s answer.
Trebek, who recently went public with his ongoing bout with pancreatic cancer, then told the former “Jeopardy!” champion that the reply cost him a cool $1,995, and that he’s “left with five bucks.”
A clip of the touching moment soon emerged on social media after the show, where it became a trending topic under the hashtag “#WeLoveYouAlex.”
Last year, the Brown University student from Georgia won the $100,000 grand prize from the “Jeopardy!” College Championship. He also recently ended his run on the show’s “Tournament of Champions.”
In a series of tweets, Gaur explained why he thought he needed to say to Trebek “what everybody at the tournament was thinking.”
“Alex had just shared with us that he was reentering treatment for pancreatic cancer,” Gaur shared via his Twitter account. “We were all hurting for him so badly.”
Meanwhile, the 79-year-old television host has been delighting “Jeopardy!” fans since the show first aired in 1984. Trebek shocked his fans back in March after he announced his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
After completing his chemotherapy treatment, he said his cancer was already near remission as he the new season “Jeopardy!” began filming. However, recent test results showed a recurrence of his cancer. He also revealed in an interview last month with CTV News that his immunotherapy had not worked as expected. When it resulted in his weight loss, he decided for more chemotherapy instead.
“I’m not afraid of dying,” Trebek was quoted as saying. “One thing they’re not gonna say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, ‘He was taken from us too soon.’ I’m 79 years old, so I have lived a good life, a full life and I’m nearing the end of that life. I know that. I’m not going to delude myself. So if it happens, it happens, and why should I be afraid of it?”
Gaur also used the popularity of his treatment to promote his support for pancreatic cancer research.