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Jeopardy!‘s Alex Trebek Straight-Up Called a Contestant a Loser

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: Alex Trebek speaks during a rehearsal before a taping of Jeopardy! Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Can you imagine Jeopardy without Alex Trebek, or his deadpan smarm? His charm will likely outlast the show, and us all. Despite his genteel ways, he was particularly savage on a recent episode. During the traditional introduction segment, contestant Susan Cole animatedly talked about her passion for nerdcore hip-hop. The subgenre has been around since the late ’90s, so it’s not a new thing.

Trebek, however, isn’t here for any of that shit. They had the following exchange:

Cole: I think it’s very fun. It’s called nerdcore hip-hop. It’s people who identify as nerdy rapping about the things they love: video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners. It’s really catchy and fun.”

Trebek: Losers in other words.

Cole walked away with $22,600, according to Entertainment Weekly, so you might say the joke is on Trebek. (You would be wrong, because people who’ve stopped giving a fuck are never the butt of the joke.) But watch the savagery below.