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

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

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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!

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.

Sattler has since been suspended from the air.

Fairfax Radio management later said it viewed Sattler's questions as "disrespectful and irrelevant to the political debate". He now faces an internal inquiry.

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