Shock jock fired, asked Australian prime minister about her sex life

June 14, 2013 at 3:58 PM
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PERTH, Australia, June 14 (UPI) -- After a radio interview in which Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was asked about her sex life, the interviewer was fired, the radio network said.

Howard Sattler, 67, professional "shock jock" and longtime host of an evening drive-time show on radio station 6PR in Perth, Australia, was fired by Fairfax Radio, a prominent Australian radio network, hours after an interview Wednesday with Gillard in which he repeatedly asked if her partner Tim Mathieson was gay because he is a hairdresser, the newspaper The Australian reported.

"Radio 6PR apologizes unreservedly to Miss Gillard and Mr. Mathieson for allowing these matters to be raised on the Drive program," a statement from station manager Martin Boylan said.

The interview was a hot topic of conversation on Australian radio. Other shock jocks came to her defense, including Derryn Hinch, who said he "thought the prime minister showed a lot of class, a lot of style. She should have leaned across the desk and slapped his [Sattler's] face."

Speaking the following day, Gillard said, "I want young girls and women to be able to feel like they can be involved in public life and not have to face questioning like the questioning I faced yesterday."

Others called the radio station, upset by Sattler's firing, the newspaper said.

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