The Word: Alex Trebek likes thongs — and also not grunting
After the first commercial break on each episode of “Jeopardy!”, host Alex Trebek spends a little bit of time getting to know the contestants. But Thursday it was his turn to be interviewed, as students at Fordham University were treated to an appearance by the legendary game show host. The 71-year-old Trebek, on the mend from a serious burglary attack in July, offered up some of his pet peeves.
“People who cut in line. People who think the rules don’t apply to them. Comedians whose first words when they are introduced and come onstage in front of an audience [are]: ‘Hey, how’s everybody doing?’ Shut up and get into your routine!”
And he’s got a whole list of grievances when it comes to the sports world. “Female tennis players who cannot hit a ball without grunting — when on earth did that start? I think back to Billie Jean King, Chris Everet, Sharapova — they never grunted that way.”
Others on his list: “Basketball players who after every free throw turn around and have to bump hands with the other four members of their team — now what the hell is all that about? My biggest peeve is for those clowns at golf tournaments, when someone hits an approach shot from 150 yards away and they yell at the top of their lungs, ‘Go in the hole!’ Shoot the SOB, please!”
Yikes. Sounds like there’s a lot you can do to piss off Trebek. But if you ever get the chance to meet him, and you’re tempted to sing the “Jeopardy!” tune to him, don’t worry: He won’t get mad. “It’s a sign of love,” he told Metro after his talk. “It’s a sign of familiarity. It means they like the program and that makes me feel good.”
— With additional reporting by Meredith Engel
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