Jeopardy! champion thanks Alex Trebek after winning: 'I learned English because of you'
We'll take "tearjerkers" for $400, Alex.
"Here's a true story, man," Thakur told Trebek. "I learned English because of you. My grandfather, who raised me... 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."
The official Jeopardy! Twitter account posted a video of the moment online, writing, "Alex's impact is immeasurable. Thank you for sharing, Burt!"
Thakur also shared a further reflection on Twitter, writing, "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?"
"That was a great gift you gave Alex," a Jeopardy! fan wrote in reply to the video. "It was all I could give to someone who also [gave] me so much," Thakur wrote back.
Trebek, who has been hosting Jeopardy! for 36 years, is currently undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In his latest health update over the summer, he said, "I have been continuing my treatment and it is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal. My numbers are good. I am feeling great."
The long-running quiz show returned to production in recent months after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "On a personal level, I’m excited because it gets me out of the house," Trebek said at the time. "It gives me something to do on a regular basis, and I was missing that."