Trebek and the evening’s champion, Burt Thakur, shared an emotional moment following Thakur’s win when Trebek asked the contestant if he had family cheering him on back home.
“You know, here’s a true story. I grew up… I learned English because of you,” Thakur told Trebek, wiping away tears. “My grandfather, who raised me — I’m going to get tears right now — I used to sit on his lap and watch you every day. So it’s a pretty special moment for me, man. Thank you very much.”
Shortly after his win, Thakur tweeted, “To win something money can’t buy was an indescribable experience. To be in such a diverse contest makes me proud to be an immigrant and an #American. If you watched me, will you take a bit of my smile and joy & share that with someone? We could all use a @Jeopardy #Jeopardy.”
Following the news of Trebek’s death on Sunday, Thakur tweeted, “When with proud joy we lift Life’s red wine up
To drink deep of the mystic shining cup
And ecstasy through all our being leaps—
Death bows his head and weeps.
I am overwhelmed with emotion right now and my heart goes out to the Trebek family. #Jeopardy #alextrebek @jeopardy.”
In Nov. 2019, contestant Dhruv Gaur gave up his chance at winning to show Trebek how much the Jeopardy! contestants and viewers loved him amid his cancer battle. Watch the clip below to see his touching tribute.
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