By Wayne Harada
Was TV game show host Alex Trebek in jeopardy, when he shared details to NBC’s “Today” about what happened in his San Francisco one night this week? A nocturnal thief entered his room and stole cash and some valuables; that was the news.
But Trebek, the 71-year-old host of “Jeopardy,” told the network: “I realized immediately that someone had been in the room, and I put on my underwear and ran down the hall to see if I could find her. She came out of the middle room where the ice machine is, and I said, ‘What were you doing in our room?’ She said, ‘I wasn't in your room,’so I said, ‘What were you doing? She said, ‘I was visiting friends.’ I said, ‘No you weren't.”
The thing everyone remembered: Trebek was not in his undies.
“Today” hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry chuckled over the report and came to the conclusion that Trebek sleeps in the nude. Trebek didn’t quite say that he was in the buff, but the fact that he had to get into his drawers to pursue the thief ... well, you get it, don’t you?
This brought chuckles from the news hawks. And later become online fodder and people column items the rest of the week.
Trebek was a victim since his sprint caused his Achilles tendon to split, necessitating surgery and crutches.
The thief had snatched some cash and a bracelet given to Trebek by his mom.
But Trebek became somewhat of a punchline, too, because of his off-the-cuff admission of his unexpected sleeping style.
I met Trebek, some years ago, while he was in Honolulu to conduct interviews for prospective game show contestants. He’s bright, chatty and quite proper — not one you’d expect to sleep clotheless.
Perhaps he should’ve just said he was jolted in his underwear and let it go at that. But then again, you might wonder: is he a boxer or a briefs guy?
If you sleep naked like Trebek, what’s the benefit? The downside, clearly, is you’re not quite ready for a thief or an emergency.