Longtime “Jeopardy!” show host Alex Trebek received a standing ovation during the latest Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday evening. It wasn’t only because the game show host won an Emmy for his work on the hit game show, but also because of his latest battle involving cancer.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the 78-year-old Trebek revealed this past March that he is fighting advanced pancreatic cancer. During Sunday night’s acceptance, Trebek mentioned the fact that he thought he might win the award based on sympathy over his revelation this year. However, he mentioned having surgery to remove a number of life-threatening blood clots that were on his brain last year. He joked, “You would think that would have elicited a certain amount of sympathy. But I didn’t win!”
During his speech, Trebek alluded to 1985 Oscar winner Sally Field as he brought up, “You guys like me, and you value my work.” Field made similar comments when she claimed her Oscar for Best Actress in “Places in the Heart.” For Trebek, it marks the seventh Daytime Emmy award that he’s won. He also received a lifetime achievement award.
He’s been the host of the popular televised quiz show ever since 1984. In June of 2014, Trebek also achieved a Guinness World Record for “most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter” on the same program. His 6,829 episodes of “Jeopardy!” surpassed Bob Barker’s record of episodes hosted on “The Price is Right.”
The format involves contestants receiving clues show on TV monitors underneath unique categories. Based on the clue, the contestant must buzz in and give their answer in the form of a question.
“Jeopardy!” is also making headlines lately not only due to Trebek’s health battle but also due to the amazing performance of one of its newest star contestants. James Holzhauer has racked up over $1.6 million during his run on the hit show.
Trebek won one of his latest Emmys for hosting, but “Jeopardy!” lost in the Outstanding Game Show category to “Family Feud.” In terms of the competition in his show host category, Trebek defeated the likes of “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak, “Let’s Make a Deal” host Wayne Brady, and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” host Chris Harrison.
Other big winners at Sunday night’s Daytime Emmy Awards included soap operas “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless.” GH racked up five trophies including the best lead actor award for Maurice Bernard as Sonny Corinthos. “Young and the Restless” picked up the award for Best Drama Series as well as both the writing and directing awards.