JEOPARDY! fans couldn’t believe their ears when cherished host Alex Trebek, 79, slammed a contestant’s taste in music and called nerdcore hip-hop rappers “losers” on the game show.
Viewers are split on whether the comment was actually hilarious or just mean.
In the Jeopardy! episode, which originally aired a few years ago, Alex, as usual, went down the line to ask each player about a personal fun fact.
When it came time for one female competitor, he started it off by immediately hating on a love of hers.
Alex said: “Her favorite type of music is something I’ve never heard of, but it doesn’t sound like fun.”
She quickly responded: “I think it’s very fun. It’s called nerdcore hip-hop.
The woman went on to explain it involves “people who identify as nerdy rapping about the things they love — video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners.”
She added: “It’s really catchy and fun.”
The beloved host still wasn’t changing his original opinion on the new-to-him genre, and stared her down, while blatantly stating: “Losers, in other words.”
Fans of the popular game show, which is on production hiatus amid the coronavirus crisis, were shocked by his “savage” response, with some saying he should be “ashamed” for how he treated the contestant, as well as all of those who love that music.
One person wrote on Twitter: “That's AWEFUL! Shame on him. God knows enough people who watch a quiz show are pretty damn nerdy.”
Another tweeted: “I have a dark and sometimes even cruel sense of humor, and this isn't funny in the slightest. Just mean and rude.”
A third commented: “Gotta say, didn't seem very funny. I like the man, but the comment is mean-spirited.”
Still, there were many who did find the exchange to be comical.
One person said they were “laughing at this sh*t for 10 minutes” and others said the clip of "national treasure" Alex “was awesome.”
Writer and actor Yassir Lester retweeted the video, adding his own thoughts on it all: “This is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Every comedian can stop now. Alex Trebek won.”
The game show host is currently writing a memoir, called The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life, where he’ll likely be recounting some of his stand-out moments from Jeopardy!, as well as his battle with stage four pancreatic cancer.
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