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

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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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