An Australian radio host was fired for asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay.
In yesterday’s interview (13 June), shock jock Howard Sattler quizzed the political leader on the rumors surrounding Tim Mathieson’s sexuality.
Radio 6PR has now decided to terminate the host’s contract.
‘In the wake of yesterday’s interview Radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from Broadcasting pending a review of the matter today,’ the statement said. ‘The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler’s engagement.’
Sattler said he was ‘flabbergasted’ by the decision.
‘I’ve given 28 years of my life to this station,’ Sattler told WA Today’s Aleisha Orr. ‘I don’t want a medal for anything for it but I’ve done a lot of good for a lot of people.
‘I’d like to think I could have done more good.’
In the interview, the Australian leader used the example of her unmarried relationship as an example of why gay people do not need marriage, saying two people can be together and not be legally united.
Sattler said: ‘But you hear it, “He must be gay, he’s a hairdresser”.’
‘I mean Howard, I don’t know if every silly thing that gets said is going to be repeated to me now,’ Gillard replied.
‘To all the hairdressers out there, including the men who are listening, I don’t think in life one can actually look at a whole profession full of different human beings and say “gee, we know something about every one of those human beings.’
The radio station has apologized to Gillard for the ‘disrespectful and irrelevant’ questioning.
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