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A moment from Jeopardy!'s Tournament of Champions recently went viral, in which Dhruv Gaur made headlines for making Alex Trebek choke up with a heartfelt message he wrote during Final Jeopardy. It was a touching moment for fans, though some may be wondering what about Gaur's message "We love you, Alex," caused the host to have that type of reaction.
Dhruv Gaur took to Twitter after the episode, and explained the context of the message. For those that felt a little out of the loop, here's why the Tournament of Champions contestant used his final guess on a message of support rather than trying to take a stab at getting the correct answer.
...I’m really glad I got the opportunity to say to Alex what everybody at the tournament was thinking. For context, Alex had just shared with us that he was re-entering 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. I’m just very grateful I got the opportunity to say what I know everyone was thinking. Sending all the love. #weloveyoualex
With the added bit of context, it isn't hard to see why the message had the impact that it did. The Jeopardy! episode had to be an emotional day not just for Alex, but the contestants who have likely been following his public battle against pancreatic cancer. Trebek initially thought he was in the clear after a round of treatment for the illness, but announced not long after that his celebration was a bit premature and that he would resume treatment.
The Jeopardy! moment came at a time not far removed from Alex Trebek's hints that he may not host the show much longer. Trebek recently revealed he felt his performances were lacking, and that the audience might notice. Trebek also added that he somewhat regrets going public about his illness, as he's not sure he's in a good place to serve as a face for such a troublesome disease.
Dhruv Gaur got the headlines after the Tournament of Champions showdown, but it was Emma Boettcher who sealed the win and advanced to the finals of the tournament. She's set to go up against the man she eliminated from Jeopardy! when he was on pace to become the greatest champion of all time: James Holzhauer. The battle between the two should be fierce, and hopefully, another treat for Alex Trebek as his tenure as host of Jeopardy! may soon draw to a close.
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