Something beautiful happened on Jeopardy! Monday night, when a contestant moved host Alex Trebek to happy tears.
During the show’s annual Tournament of Champions, contestant Dhruv Gaur submitted an unexpected answer for Final Jeopardy.
Jeopardy! fans have been rooting for Trebek ever since he announced in March that he has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.
When Trebek read Guar’s answer, his voice choked up as he held back tears.
“Let’s take a look at your response–did you come up with the right one? Nope,” he said, as the screen revealed Gaur’s answer.
“What is, ‘We love you, Alex!’ That’s very kind. Thank you,” Trebek said, noticeably touched.
The answer cost Gaur $1,195 of his remaining $2,000.
On Twitter, Gaur spoke about the moment, writing, “I’m really glad I got the opportunity to say to Alex what everybody at the tournament was thinking.”
Gaur continued on Twitter, “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.”
#weloveyoualex began to trend on Twitter as fans gushed (and wept) over the incredibly sweet moment.
The remaining contestants will continue to compete in the Tournament of Champions this coming week.
The competitors have encouraged viewers to consider donating to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research in honor of Trebek.
Jeopardy! champion Steven Grade, who will be competing in the tournament, wrote to viewers on Twitter, “Keep track of how many questions you answer correctly. For each correct response you give, we’re encouraging you to donate $1.
“Play one night, play both nights, donate an amount that is right for you…every little bit helps to honor Alex,” he wrote.
Pancreatic cancer can be aggressive, but Trebek and his loyal fans are rooting for him to beat the odds.
Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy! since 1984. The tournament finals will be held on November 14 and 15.