I'll take 'Burying the Lead' for $2,000, Alex Trebek

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek appeared on crutches today while hosting the National Geographic World Championship. He explained that he’s going to be okay, but he’ll have to have surgery Friday because he fell on the carpet of his San Francisco hotel and ruptured his Achilles tendon at 2:30 in the morning after chasing a burglar down the hallway.

Who is Alex Trebek?

That’s rude.

Sorry. What is the weirdest thing I read today?

DING DING DING.

Get well soon, Alex!

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  • Jason

    Yesterday the category was “Deserts” – that’s how it was written.
    Alex pronounced it as “Desserts” and the questions were all about after-dinner treats.
    I thought I was watching the one show that wouldn’t get that wrong.
    Sigh.

    • Anth

      No, it was “Deserts” as in the present tense of “deserted.” The pronunciation and spelling were both correct.

  • minister

    It’s “burying the lede”, Annie. Easy mistake to make, of course.

    • JR

      A lead paragraph in literature refers to the opening paragraph of an article, essay, news story or book chapter. Often called just “the lead”, it usually occurs together with the headline or title, it precedes the main body of the article, and it gives the reader the main idea of the story.
      In the news journalism industry, particularly in the USA, the particular news-style of lead used is sometimes referred to as a lede.[1] This spelling is no longer labelled as jargon by major US dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster[2] and American Heritage.[3]

      Looks to me like “lead” is still perfectly acceptable usage for anybody but a recent j-school grad.

      • CJ

        I am in J-school now and we use both wordings. It depends on the professor or editor.

  • I went to L-school

    Shouldn’t a news magazine like EW hire J-school grads?

    • Captain

      As long as those those grads don’t mind NOT being journalists.

    • Jen

      Am I the only weirded out by the fact that he said he had to put his underwear on before chasing her down the hallway? That’s information that I just don’t need to know ;)

      • Clete

        She should have been smart..thought ahead and stole his underwear.

    • Annie Barrett

      You would think!!!

  • Z

    I have a feeling there is way more to this story than we’ve heard. A female burglar in his hotel room? I suppose it’s possible but something doesn’t seem right about this.

  • Melissa

    I just love me some Alex Trebek!

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