Alex Trebek received a standing ovation as he accepted an Emmy Award as host of Jeopardy!
Trebek, 78, who announced in March he has advanced pancreatic cancer, told the theater audience yesterday (May 05, 2019) that he had been worried that sympathy, rather than merit, might win him the trophy for best game show host.
“The reception I got from the audience was extremely special, very touching. We all know what’s going on in my life and I alluded to that in my remarks and I’ve been very blessed to discover how many people our show has influenced in their lives,” he said backstage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Jeopardy! has become a special institution in Americana,” he continued. “And it has been a force for good, a force for knowledge, a force for the best kind of reality television if you think about it. Anybody can succeed, anybody can win a lot of money. Just ask James Holzhauer.”[irp posts=10491]
The 78-year-old Trebek revealed his cancer diagnosis in a video message on March 6, 2019.
“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you. And it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base,” he began. “I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So, therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information.”
“Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer … “And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low-survival-rate statistics for this disease.”
Here is the full list of the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards winners:
Outstanding Drama Series
The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Maurice Benard, General Hospital
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, The Bold and the Beautiful
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Live With Kelly and Ryan
Outstanding Entertainment News Program
Daily Mail TV
Outstanding Culinary Program
Valerie’s Home Cooking
Outstanding Game Show Host
Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Informative Talk Show
Outstanding Information Talk Show Host
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Hayley Erin, General Hospital
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Kyler Pettis, Days of Our Lives
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Vernee Watson, General Hospital
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Max Gail, General Hospital
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Patricia Bethune, General Hospital
Outstanding Game Show
Outstanding Morning Program
CBS Sunday Morning