The discussion on the Studio 10 panel on Wednesday morning took a rather heated turn when a guest refused to apologise for a sexist slur he made towards a female presenter.
Senator David Leyonhjelm said he was not sorry for calling Angela Bishop a ‘b**ch’ on Twitter, days after he told Greens politican Sarah Hanson-Young to “stop shagging men”.
“Senator, you said that you made those remarks because [Sarah Hanson-Young] was guilty of misandry. I am not a misandrist. Why did you call me a b**ch?” Angela asked on live television.
“Because you were being bigoted. Joe was trying to explain to you the context in which I made that statement, and you cut him off,” said Senator Leyonhjelm.
“The definition of bigotry is not listening to any other view. That is what I was trying to say.”
At this point Angela’s co-host Hugh Riminton stepped in.
“But if you think she’s a bigot, why not call her a bigot? Why call her a b**ch?” the newsreader asked.
“Real men don’t call women b**ches.”
Well said, Hugh.
But the politician didn’t seem apologetic in the slightest.
“Oh. You’ve had a sheltered life,” he told Hugh.
“I mix with normal Australians all the time, and don’t think there is anything wrong with … calling somebody a b**ch or a b**tard.”
Later in the segment the Senator said he was “sorry you took offence to that”.
“So you’re not apologising?” panellist Sarah Harris asked.
“No. What I am saying is I’m sorry she’s taken offence.”
Since the segment aired, Channel Ten reporter Sandra Sully has tweeted that the Senator later apologised backstage.
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