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Breast cancer survivor, 'Jeopardy!' champion removes wig

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Posted at 12:05 PM, Mar 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-02 14:05:41-05

"Jeopardy!" champion Christine Whelchel, who auditioned for the game show while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, made a powerful statement before Monday's game.

"After the winnings, I decided that I didn't need to hide behind a wig anymore, and I wanted to normalize what cancer recovery looks like," Whelchel said.  

The game show shared a video clip of Whelchel discussing her decision on Twitter.

As a breast cancer survivor, Whelchel had worn a wig for her first three appearances on the show. 

After playing five games, Whelchel lost Tuesday night but took home over $88,000.

She says she's currently cancer-free.

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