Alex Trebek jokes about sympathy vote after Daytime Emmys win

May 7, 2019 GMT

Alex Trebek joked he didn’t want the “sympathy” vote after winning at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

The ‘Jeopardy’ host - who is currently battling pancreatic cancer after revealing his diagnosis in March - was named Outstanding Game Show host at the ceremony on Sunday (05.05.19), and he referenced his health in his acceptance speech.

He said: “I have worried about this moment. I was concerned that sympathy might play a big role in the voting this year. I’m not a big fan of sympathy votes.

“I believe that we should all be judges on the merits of our work... But then I started thinking back to last year.

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“Last year I was nominated, and I had just had major surgery to remove to 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!”

Alex, 78, added backstage after the emotional moment that he still felt like “sympathy” did play a part in his win, but he admitted he was just going to “enjoy” the accolade.

He told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “I’m aware that there must be a fair amount of sympathy that went into the voting for this, but to tell you the truth, I don’t care. I got the award, and I enjoy having this award.”

The presenter previously revealed that he’s received a huge surge of support from “people all over America” after sharing news of his stage 4 pancreatic cancer and he believes “it’s been making a difference” to his health.

He said: “People all over America have been sharing their good thoughts, their advice, their prayers. And I feel it’s been making a difference.

“I’ve had so many contacts from people who have survived cancer; I am now a 30-day survivor... I’m going to catch up to those other people. My oncologist tells me I’m doing well.”

Daytime Emmy Awards winners list:

Outstanding Drama Series - ‘The Young and the Restless’

Outstanding Entertainment News Program - DailyMailTV

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show - ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Maurice Benard, as Sonny Corinthos

‘General Hospital’

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series - ‘After Forever’

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host - Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, ‘LIVE with Kelly and Ryan’

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, as Steffy Forrester, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Vernee Watson, as Stella Henry, ‘General Hospital’

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Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host - Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, ‘Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda’

Outstanding Game Show - ‘Family Feud’

Outstanding Game Show Host - Alex Trebek, ‘Jeopardy!’

Outstanding Culinary Host - Valerie Bertinelli,

‘Valerie’s Home Cooking’

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Max Gail, as Mike Corbin, General Hospital

Outstanding Culinary Program - ‘Valerie’s Home Cooking’

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program - ‘Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court’

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series - Hayley Erin, as Kiki Jerome, General Hospital

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series - Patricia Bethune, as Nurse Mary Pat, ‘General Hospital’

Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series - ‘The Young and the Restless’

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series - ‘The Young and the Restless’

Outstanding Informative Talk Show - ‘Rachael Ray’

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series -

Kyler Pettis, as Theo Carver, ‘Days of Our Lives’