Alex Trebek has received an Emmy Award for his work as the host of game show “Jeopardy!” at the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards but most importantly he has got a standing ovation.
The 78-year-old presenter, who announced his pancreatic cancer diagnosis back in March, was warmly welcomed with a standing ovation by the audience present on Sunday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California while receiving his sixth Outstanding Game Show Host Award.
Alex Trebek, visibly touched, then proceeded to deliver a speech full of dry humor and shared his experience from last year when he had gone through a surgery for the removal of some blood clots from his brain.
Talking about his battle against cancer and how he was concerned it was going to elicit sympathy from the public and the jury he said: “You guys like me, and you value my work. I tell you if that’s the case, I can live with that.”
Alex Trebek is considered a Television Legend as he has been hosting “Jeopardy!” since 1984 and during his long career, he has won several trophies and rewards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
The presenter, who wrapped the 35th season of the show just last month, has already confirmed he is returning for the next one, which has already begun shooting.
During the ceremony hosted by Sheryl Underwood and Mario Lopez, multiple awards were won by show “General Hospital”, including the ones for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Maurice Benard) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Vernee Watson).
Valerie Bertinelli won the Outstanding Culinary Host Award for her work on “Valerie’s Home Cooking” while Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb won in the Outstanding Informative Talk Show category with “Today Show With Kathie Lee & Hoda”.
Lifetime honors were given to Judith Scheindlin and chef Jacques Pepin and CBS’ “The Young and The Restless” won the Outstanding Drama Series Award among others.