As Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek continues to battle stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the much loved television personality continues to also prove himself a winner. On Sunday (May 5,) Trebek won a Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Game Show.”
And yes, there was a standing ovation as he stepped onstage.
“I was concerned that sympathy might play a big role in the voting this year,” Trebek told the crowd. “I’m not a fan of sympathy votes, because I believe you should be judged on the merits of your work.”
— Daytime Emmy Awards (@DaytimeEmmys) May 6, 2019
Trebek went on to say that maybe that wasn’t true, considering that he was dealing with health problems last year separate from his cancer fight, but did not win an award.
However, I started thinking back to last year. Last year I was nominated. I had just had major surgery to remove two life threatening blood clots on my brain. You would think that would have elicited a certain amount of sympathy. But I didn’t win.
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He continued, “So maybe I’ve been worrying about the wrong thing, and I’ll do what Sally Field did when she won at a different venue many, many years ago, and [accept] this as a sign you like guys like me and value my work,” Trebek smiled. “I’ll tell you, if that’s the case, I can live with that. Thank you.”
Throughout his storied career, Trebek has won a total of six Daytime Emmys and has been nominated thirty times.