Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek snapped his Achilles tendon early Tuesday morning while chasing a burglar from his San Francisco hotel room.
Slated to host the National Geographic World Championship, 71-year-old Trebek awoke around 2:30 a.m. to find a woman rummaging through his things at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The woman reportedly ran from Trebek’s room at which time Trebek told reporters he got out of bed, put his underwear on, and chased the woman down the hall, snapping his Achilles tendon and injuring his other leg.
While it’s not a stretch to speculate that burglar means hooker for $500 Alex, Trebek’s wife was staying at the hotel with him; unless of course the couple are into that (he is half-French), but I won't speculate as thinking of Alex Trebek naked already took me to a place I never hoped to go.
Security apprehended the 56-year-old burglar identified as Lucinda Moyers and took her into custody on felony charges. Most of Trebek’s items, except for some cash and a bracelet that was a gift from his mother, were found near an ice machine and returned. Later in the day, with the assistance of crutches, Trebek fulfilled his commitment to host the teen geography bee, brushing off the fact that he will need surgery and will be in a cast for about six weeks.
I am a big fan of Jeopardy! despite the boorish and scolding tone Trebek often takes with contestants. I once thought he was just a man who read the cards beforehand and patronized others from his ivory tower for mispronouncing the Aramaic word for alabaster. As it turns out, however, Trebek really is the badass he plays on TV.