Dhruv Gaur bet $1,995 of his $2,000 on the answer, which means that the message he wrote to honor Trebek killed his chance of winning the prize money.
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was reduced to tears during the final round of the show on Monday night after a contestant gave up his prize money to honor the beloved host, according to Daily Mail. The 79-year-old host, who has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer couldn't hide his emotions during the Final Jeopardy round when contestant Dhruv Gaur took the opportunity to convey a heartfelt message. Instead of writing in his question, the Tournament of Champions contestant wrote, "We love you, Alex!" As heartwarming as this sounds, it only got better from there.
Emma might've won the game & moved on to be a finalist but Dhruv Gaur stole the show with his answer in Final #Jeopardy. Thanks Dhruv for doing that bcuz that's how everyone feels about Mr Alex Trebek. We all love him & wish him well. Alex's reaction was priceless pic.twitter.com/stcA9bsNnh— GENO (@GenoPowell) November 12, 2019
The contestant had bet $1,995 of his $2,000 on the answer. Basically, the message he wrote to honor Trebek killed his chance of winning the prize money. Trebek was clearly caught off guard when he saw the message, too. "Oh, that's very kind of you," Trebek said as he choked up. "Thank you. (That) cost you $1,995, you're left with $5." However, the contestant later took to Twitter to write that he had no regrets in giving up $1,995.
Wow. Check out this nice, viral video of a young Indian-American Hindu man, Dhruv Gaur, doing moving tribute today to Alex Trebek, who has cancer.— Hindu Americans (@HinduAmericans) November 12, 2019
Many across the USA are moved by Dhruv’s touching gesture as Alex is overcome with emotion. #WeLoveYouAlex pic.twitter.com/YwQtwSLdHk
He wrote: "Sorry for west coast spoilers, but 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 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. I’m just very grateful I got the opportunity to say what I know everyone was thinking. Sending all the love. #weloveyoualex."
.@BrownUniversity Dhruv Gaur '21 competed in the semifinals of the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions 11/11. He didn't win, but sealed his place as one of the top players in the tournament. The economics and public health concentrator won Jeopardy's college championship in 2018. pic.twitter.com/JHLdw0F4Uk— Brown Research (@BrownUResearch) November 12, 2019
A lot of people took to social media to thank him for his kindness and to share their own experiences. One user wrote: "I watch the episode today I never watch Jeopardy except for the movie white men can’t jump in 1992! I got interested in Jeopardy James I saw your answer today I had no idea ... I just read this so badass bro! I lost my mom to cancer god bless." Another added: "It was a special thing you did for a special man. To you Dhruv."
Context: Jeopardy is going thru its annual "Tournament of Champions" and Dhruv Gaur had $2,000 going into Final Jeopardy and had no chance of winning.— Kevin D. Grüssing (Pronounced Grew-Sing) (@KevDGrussing) November 12, 2019
So he decided to burn $1,995 of his $2,000 to write the most powerful incorrect answer ever written on a Jeopardy telestrator. https://t.co/BaFOj5rNKE
Several people agreed that the real winner of the show was, in fact, Dhruv. A user commented: "The real jeopardy winner was you. So much respect." A fourth added: "Good things happen to good people. Just know you will be blessed in some way. Selflessness goes a long way and you will forever be remembered by your kindness!" However, there was another instance on the show where 18-year-old Jeopardy! winner, Ari Gupta, donated $10,000 of his winning to an Oregon cancer research institute in honor of Trebek.
During “Final Jeopardy” on Monday, contestant Dhruv Gaur, a college student at Brown University answered by writing “What is - We ❤️you, Alex.”— 𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐀 𝐀𝐙𝐀𝐑𝐈 (@CeoAccredited) November 12, 2019
An emotional moment as Trebek read the answer aloud, “That’s very… https://t.co/p2cwhVOnE6
Trebek, the host for nearly 35 years revealed in March that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Since then, he has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment in between taping episodes. However, ever since his diagnosis, he hasn't missed a single day of the show, as he tapes them in advance. He also revealed in September that his doctor has suggested that he restart chemotherapy.