Alex Trebek Wins Sixth Daytime Emmy, Jokes About ‘Sympathy Votes’

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Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek won his sixth Daytime Emmy Award on Sunday after taking home the award for Outstanding Game Show Host.

He addressed his on-going battle with pancreatic cancer after accepting his award, Entertainment Tonight reported. Trebek revealed he initially had doubts about the reason why he might win the award.

“I have worried about this moment,” Trebek admitted. “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 judged on the merits of our work.” (RELATED: ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Gives Positive Update On Cancer Diagnosis)

“But then I started thinking back to last year. Last year I was nominated, and 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!” he added. “But I didn’t win!”

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ET caught up with Trebek after his acceptance speech for an interview in which the game show host claimed he could get over the sympathy. (RELATED: Alex Trebek Opens Up About His Stage 4 Cancer Treatment)

“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,” the host told ET. “I got the award, and I enjoy having this award.”