Ever since his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis last year, the beloved Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek hasn’t missed a beat, as he bravely continues to host the iconic game show for brainy (nerdy) contestants.
Last night, Trebek attempted to get to know a female contestant on Jeopardy by asking her to share a bit of personal information about herself during the show. The contestant explained to Jeopardy fans that she’s a big fan of “Nerdcore hip hop.” Trebek confessed, “Nerdcore hip hop” is a type of music he’s “never heard of before,” and asked her to explain it to the audience, adding that it didn’t “sound like fun.”
“I think it’s very fun,” she explained. “It’s people who identify as nerdy, rapping about the things that they love, video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners. You know,” she said, adding, “It’s really catchy and fun.”
“Losers, in other words,” Trebek shot back, in his usual dry sense of understated humor.
This is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Every comedian can stop now. Alex Trebek won. https://t.co/fVoN4SLcWH
— Yassir Lester (@Yassir_Lester) April 23, 2020
Video clips showing Trebek’s savage response the contestant of the game show quickly shot “Alex Trebek” to #1 on Twitter:
Last month, the Jeopardy host shared a touching update on his fight with pancreatic cancer:
Hi everyone. If you’ve got a minute, I’d like to bring you up to date on my health situation.
The one-year survival rate for stage-4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18%. I’m very happy to report, I have just reached that marker.
Now, I’d be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There were some good days, but a lot of not so good days.
I joked with friends that cancer won’t’ kill me, the chemo treatments will.
There were moments of great pain, days when certain bodily functions no longer functioned, and sudden massive attacks of great depression that made me wonder if it really was worth fighting on.
But I brushed that aside quickly because that would’ve been a massive betrayal— a betrayal of my wife, and soul-mate Jean, who has given her all to help me survive. It would have been a betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration and a cheerleader of sorts of the value of living and hope.
And it would certainly have been a betrayal of my faith and the millions of prayers that have been said on my behalf.
You know, my oncologist tried to cheer me up the other day, he said, ‘Alex, even though the two-year survival rate is only 7%, he was certain that one year from now, the two of us would be sitting in his office, celebrating my second year of survival.'”
A one-year update from Alex: pic.twitter.com/W9101suZeZ
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 4, 2020