Cancer-stricken Alex Trebek gets standing ovation at Daytime Emmys

The audience at Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards stood and cheered for Alex Trebek ― and then had a laugh with him.

The 78-year-old “Jeopardy!” host, who’s undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer, humbly took in the warm greeting as he approached the stage to accept his Outstanding Game Show Host award.

In his speech (beginning at the 3:15 mark below) Trebek expressed concern about receiving votes out of sympathy. He said he wanted to win based on merit, then humorously changed course. 

“However, I started thinking back to last year ... I had just had major surgery to remove two life-threatening blood clots on my brain,” he recalled. “You would think that would have elicited a certain amount of sympathy! But I didn’t win!”

The crowd broke out in laughter.

“So maybe I’ve been worrying about the wrong thing and I should just do what Sally Field did in a different venue many, many years ago and look at this as a sign that you guys like me and that you value my work,” he said.

“If that’s the case,” he added, “I can live with that.”

The Daytime Emmy was Trebek’s seventh, including a lifetime achievement award.

7 PHOTOS
Alex Trebek at the 2019 Daytime Emmys
See Gallery
Alex Trebek at the 2019 Daytime Emmys
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Alex Trebek accepts the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host onstage during the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Alex Trebek accepts the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host onstageduring the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Hayley Erin (L) accepts the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series from Alex Trebek onstage during the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Alex Trebek poses in the press room during the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Alex Trebek speaks onstage at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Alex Trebek poses with the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in the press room during the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: Alex Trebek poses with the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in the press room during the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on May 05, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.