During the Monday, November 11, episode of Jeopardy!'s "Tournament of Champions," contestant Dhruv Gaur was far behind with very little chance of winning.
Going into Final Jeopardy, however, he decided to make the most of his time on stage and offer up a wrong answer that left host Alex Trebek visibly choked up.
The episode was filmed this past September, just after Trebek announced he would be re-entering treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Gaur wagered $1995 of his $2000 just to send the longtime host a message:
"We love you Alex!"
Wasn't prepared to tear up at #Jeopardy. Lovely moment from today's episode. #WeLoveYouAlex https://t.co/Qu3k7qlH9y— BuzzerBlog (@BuzzerBlog) 1573521045.0
Gaur took to Twitter after the show aired to explain himself.
Sorry for west coast spoilers, but I’m really glad I got the opportunity to say to Alex what everybody at the tourn… https://t.co/2mN1B2GJay— dhruv gaur (@dhruv gaur) 1573524003.0
...for context, Alex had just shared with us that he was reentering treatment for pancreatic cancer. We were all hu… https://t.co/LElCz1J2G1— dhruv gaur (@dhruv gaur) 1573524129.0
When Final Jeopardy came up, I could’ve tried to puzzle it together, but really, just kept thinking about Alex, and… https://t.co/UjecZ8UVjy— dhruv gaur (@dhruv gaur) 1573524259.0
Gaur and his fellow contestants also reminded Jeopardy! viewers of their continued initiative aimed at raising money for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
With all the attention coming my way, I want to also re-up this play-along for Pancreatic Cancer on Thursday and Fr… https://t.co/ruBP5H2xsq— dhruv gaur (@dhruv gaur) 1573526525.0
Many of Gaur's fellow contestants also offered their support on Twitter.
Before long #WeLoveYouAlex was trending.
It took the youngest guy in the Tournament to say what all of us oldsters were feeling. Thank you @dhruvg_ & as al… https://t.co/j0SNsuSppd— Eric Backes (@Eric Backes) 1573524879.0
Proud of ya, @dhruvg_. You spoke for all of us. #Jeopardy #weloveyoualex https://t.co/bvbqGWooNG— Dogecoin Billionaire C.B. (@Dogecoin Billionaire C.B.) 1573521297.0
On today’s Jeopardy, Alex Trebek got choked up at a heartfelt Final Jeopardy answer. What a moment. Who’s chopping… https://t.co/JqjvkBUajE— Tyler Roney (@Tyler Roney) 1573522236.0
Ooph. 13 seconds and I'm crying too. #Jeopardy https://t.co/Kb8NK4bUfE— Breanne L. Heldman (@Breanne L. Heldman) 1573523689.0
The clip went viral as Jeopardy! fans all over the world expressed their love for Trebek.
Add "Jeopardy" to the list of shows that have made cry #WeLoveYouAlex https://t.co/ZWmkmAdUvq— Amelia Boone (@Amelia Boone) 1573524431.0
I'll take "Things That Make Me F***ing Cry" for $1000 #WeLoveYouAlex https://t.co/CZSQYroQaf— 🇺🇸Josh Keaton🇵🇪 (@🇺🇸Josh Keaton🇵🇪) 1573523610.0
Trebek has been host of Jeopardy! since 1984.
The Canadian host is thought of by many as an example of decency and hard work in the TV industry.
If you’re a GenXer, Alex Trebek is a childhood icon. He was part of the fabric of life for 80s kids. I’d watch w fr… https://t.co/DXrWmhMZT5— Samira Ahmed Updates (@Samira Ahmed Updates) 1573524207.0
This is so sweet. Wishing Alex Trebek the best. #WeloveyouAlex https://t.co/0h06ERA555— Angenette Levy (@Angenette Levy) 1573524372.0
Answer: Alex Trebek being moved by a contestant who can’t win. Question: What is beautiful? #jeopardy… https://t.co/kaOi43ZRAM— Tom Harrington (@Tom Harrington) 1573522219.0
Many found themselves unexpectedly weepy after watching the clip.
.@Jeopardy There was a mistake in tonight's Final #Jeopardy, @dhruvg_ is actually correct. https://t.co/mW15yfBNLj— Alex Jacob (@Alex Jacob) 1573521034.0
Dhruv didn’t have the correct answer for Final Jeopardy, but he did have the best answer. #weloveyoualex https://t.co/ZNg9Fj3R1U— P.O.D. (@P.O.D.) 1573523232.0
One thing's for sure—Gaur may not have given the technically correct response, but he gave the best one.
The guy might have finished with only $5, but he was tonight's winner! #WeLoveYouAlex— Keith Page (@Keith Page) 1573521869.0
We really do. #WeLoveYouAlex https://t.co/yWbwbDLRHN— Harrison Golden (@Harrison Golden) 1573523617.0
Hope you are well, Alex!
Alex Trebek has been a staple of TV for decades. Funko Pop! decided to honor Trebek with two figures, one with his longtime signature mustache, available here...
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