Get the tissues ready, “Jeopardy!” fans.
On Monday night’s episode, contestant Dhruv Gaur wrote a touching message to host Alex Trebek, who revealed in September he is undergoing chemotherapy again for pancreatic cancer.
During the Final Jeopardy! round, players were given the clue, “In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 exposé of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow "How The.'"
While the correct answer was "'Other Half Lives,'" Gaur used this opportunity to instead give a shout-out to the legendary television personality.
“What is, 'We love you, Alex,'" the 79-year-old read out loud. “That’s very kind, thank you.”
Though Dhruv lost $1,995, he won the hearts of millions as the presenter held back tears in response to Gaur’s compassionate words.
Trebek announced his devastating health update in a September interview with “Good Morning America.”
“The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again, and that’s what I’m doing,” he revealed.
“I was doing so well and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer, so we were all very optimistic,” the Emmy winner recalled. “They said, ‘Good, we’re gonna stop chemo, we’ll start you on immunotherapy,’ and I lost about 12 lbs. in a week and my numbers went sky-high, much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed.”
Despite his cancer battle, Trebek plans to continue hosting the syndicated program as long as he is able to.
“I will keep doing it as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish,” he said to CTV News. “I’m sure there are observant members of the television audience that notice also, but they’re forgiving. But there will come a point when [fans and producers] will no longer be able to say, ‘It’s okay.’”