Radio Host Suspended For Asking Australian Prime Minister If Her Partner Is Gay

    "He must be gay, he's a hairdresser."

    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was being interviewed by Fairfax radio host Howard Sattler this past Thursday, when things got a bit too personal.

    Sattler asked why the Prime Minister wasn't married to her partner, Tim Mathieson:

    The conversation turned ugly when Sattler brought up one particular internet rumor:

    Sattler Rumours, snide jokes, innuendoes... You've been the butt of them many times.

    JG: Well, I think that's probably right; we've certainly seen a few this week.

    Sattler: Can I test a few out?

    JG: In what way?

    Sattler: 'Tim's Gay'

    JG: Well...

    Sattler I'm saying... that's a myth.

    JG: Well that's absurd.

    Sattler: You hear it! 'He must be gay; he's a hairdresser.' ...but you've heard it! It's not me saying it, it's what people say!

    She hands it right back to him:

    The shocking question set off a Twitter storm:

    Howard Sattler seriously just asked the PM to confirm that Tim isn't gay. Baffling interview.

    — Mike Hopkin (@mikehopkin) June 13, 2013

    Howard Sattler seriously just asked the PM to confirm that Tim isn't gay. Baffling interview. this what commentators have been lowered too

    — Geoff Pearson (@GCobber99) June 13, 2013

    Sattler didn't back down, but instead asked her to confirm his sexuality:

    JG: Oh Howard, don't be ridiculous, of course not.

    Sattler: But you're in a heterosexual relationship? That's all I'm asking.

    JG: Howard let me just bring you back to earth, you and I have just talked about me and Tim living at the lodge, we live there together as a couple, you know that.

    The Prime Minister was obviously rattled, but handled the situation with poise and class:

    Howard Sattler has since made an on-air "apology"— if that's what you can call it:

    Sattler has since been suspended from the air.

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    And read the transcript.