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Alex Trebek gets choked up by contestant’s answer in tournament final


Dhruv Gaur, the Brown University student competing in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, was eliminated in the episode that aired Monday, but he showed the heart of a champion by the way he lost.

For Final Jeopardy, Gaur wrote what he knew wasn’t the correct response. He wagered $1,995, lost it all, and ended up winning an emotional response from Alex Trebek, who got a little choked up and had to take a moment to regain his composure.

The Final Jeopardy clue was: “In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 expose of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow ‘How the’

The correct response, which the other two nailed, was: “other half lives.”

But Gaur had written: “What is, ‘We [heart] you, Alex!'”

After reading Gaur’s card, Trebek took a moment to collect himself, then said to Gaur, “That’s very kind, thank you.”

What the audience didn’t yet know was that Trebek, who has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, a disease with a low survival rate, had just told the contestants he was reentering treatment.

Gaur, who is from Gainesville, Georgia, saw all but $5 drain from his total. For placing third, however, he won $10,000, in addition to the $100,000 he won in the show’s 2018 College Championship.

Later, he told ET Canada: “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.” He concluded his answer to ET Canada by writing, “Sending all the love.”

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