On Sunday night, Alex Trebek received a standing ovation as he accepted the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show host on Sunday night.
The Jeopardy! host, who is known for his saucy sense of humor, immediately put the audience gagging as he joked about his own cancer diagnosis.
Trebek announced in March that he has Stage 4 advanced pancreatic cancer. He told the crowd he had been worried that empathy, rather than merit, might snare him the trophy.
But then Trebek recalled what happened last year after he underwent surgery to remove severe blood clots on his brain.
He said, ‘You think that would have elicited a certain amount of sympathy. But I didn’t win!’ and the audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California applauded and chuckled over the 78-year-old winner.
He realized that there is a possibility he’d been worried about the wrong thing and instead should emulate Oscar-winning actress Sally Field.
‘You guys like me, and you value my work. I tell you if that’s the case, I can live with that,’ said Trebek, whose voice was thick with emotion.
At the 1985 Academy Awards, Field had famously declared, ‘You like me, you really like me,’ as she accepted the Best Actress trophy.
It is the sixth time Trebek has won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host.
Trebek and his wife Jean was seen hand in hand when they arrived at the awards on Sunday night.
The host looked charming and immoral in a black tuxedo while Jean, 55, stunned us in a dark sleeveless navy dress.
He said to Robin Roberts of the good morning America, ‘My oncologist tells me I’m doing well, even though I don’t always feel it,’
‘I’ve had kidney stones, I’ve had ruptured disks, so I’m used to dealing with pain. But what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness, and it brings tears to my eyes.’
‘I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentleman, that I’m a bit of a wuss,’ he continued with his famous good-natured humor. ‘But I’m fighting through it.’
Trebek spoke about his weight and blood count stating they are steady and that his cancer indicators are down.
‘I’ve got another chemo next week and then we’ll do a review to find out where things stand,’ he added.
‘Hopefully, everything is going to turn out well and I’ll be back on the air with original programming this September.’
The beloved host cracked a joke that he got ‘lucky’ because his diagnosis results came out at the end of the Jeopardy! season.
He continued ‘We wrapped up the season and now I have the summer months to recuperate and get strong again,’
‘I just have to get strong because, as you know, the chemo takes it out of you. I mean, I feel so weak all the time and that’s not a good place to be.’
‘Chemo affects people in different ways and people have to understand that,’ he added. ‘There’s nothing wrong with saying, “Hey, I’m really depressed today and I have no idea why, why am I crying today?’
‘I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,’ he bravely declared. ‘Keep the faith, and we’ll win, we’ll get it done.’
Roberts praised Trebek for disclosing something so personal to the entire world, the host acknowledged it was his fans who were helping lift him up through such a hard time.
He said ‘People all over America have been sharing their good thoughts, their advice, their prayers, and I feel it is making a difference in my well-being,’
‘I’ve had so many contacts from people who have survived cancer for 10 years, 12 years, 14 years. I am now a 30-day cancer survivor, I’m going to catch up to those people! But they have been an inspiration for me.’