Dr. Phil appeared on Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday and was asked would he ever interview Bruce Jenner, who recently began transitioning to a woman. The Dr.'s response left a sour taste in many people's mouth.
McGraw's response started off strong.
"First off I would say look, if it's what you want to do, do it! I mean what the hell does it matter what anybody else thinks," McGraw said to Kimmel as the audience applauded, before taking a questionable turn.
"That'd be the first 30 seconds, then I guess we'd spend the next hour and 59 minutes saying, You're almost 80, what's the point?"
Many have discussed whether Jenner, who is 65 and only one year older than McGraw, will address rumors during the interview that he may identify as a transgender individual.
"He's kind of like, past prime, for like ... right?" McGraw added, apparently indicating that Jenner is too old for sex.
Kimmel reminded him that Jenner is an Olympic gold medalist, and that maybe Jenner is a "champion in the bed." The two then went on to acknowledge how nice a person Jenner is.
While offered in jest, McGraw's jokes about Jenner are based on the misconception that transitioning, or changing one's gender identity, is sexually motivated. In addition, the comments make light of how difficult it can be to transition and the discrimination and marginalization that the transgender community faces.