'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Tells Contestant Her Job Must've Been Hard ... Cuz She's a Woman

12/19/2017 5:51 PM PST

Alex Trebek Makes Sexist Comment to 'Jeopardy!' Contestant About Her Military Job

Answer -- These 3 words don't need to be said when asking a female "Jeopardy!" contestant to describe her military experience.

What is "For a woman"?

Correct! Unfortunately, Alex Trebek did NOT nail that one on Tuesday night's episode. While interviewing Lisa Beth Davis about being a retired Army Master Sergeant, he made what came off as pretty sexist commentary.

To her credit, MSgt. Davis took it all in stride and handled it like a pro. Too bad she finished second -- would've loved to see Alex chat with her the second time around.

FYI Alex ... the most recent government stats show there are 1,265 female Master Sergeants in the U.S. Army. That's about 12%. So ...