The internet is accusing "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek of hurling a sexist remark at a female contestant during an episode that aired on Dec. 19 (video below).
Trebek was interviewing Lisa Beth Davis about her life as a retired Army master sergeant when he made the controversial comment, reports TMZ.
"That must be really tough for a woman because a master sergeant is giving orders most of the time," remarked Trebek before asking, "How is it for you?"
Davis did not seem fazed by the comment.
"I'm pretty bossy," she responded. "I'm the oldest so I know how to tell people what to do."
"Good for you," shot back Trebek in praise after Davis finished her reply.
But for many, the damage was already done.
"I've watched Jeopardy since I was small and Art Fleming was the host," said one person in the Daily Mail's comments section. "I've continued the tradition with my little boy who's now 10. He heard me gasp and I explained why the host's comment was offensive. It was a teachable moment but regardless, made me sad."
Many blasted Trebek, calling his remark sexist.
"Alex Trebek: 'Being a master sergeant must be hard for a woman because you have to give orders all the time,'" wrote one on Twitter. "That sexism isn’t even subtle."
"Um, Alex Trebek just said it must have been hard for a woman to be an Army Master Sergeant because she was a female…really??" tweeted one woman. "Why not ask her what she accomplished in her position. Do better."
Others defended Trebek.
One person reminded critics Trebek hails from a different time, and likely did not understand he could be causing offense.
"Alex is 77 years old," wrote one person in TMZ's comments section. "He's from a time before all the sensitivity training courses, required on the job these days."
Others disagreed Trebek was being sexist at all.
"Oh FFS, he meant it like it's tough for women to be in a male dominated world," wrote another in TMZ's comments section. "Can people go one day without crying over every little thing?"
"That's how I took it," agreed a second. "That women are not taken seriously and probably hazed even more strenuously than men in military careers."
"She is RETIRED and he is right," added another person. "Back in the day..( n even now) it is difficult for a woman to give orders to men..so he WAS politically correct."