‘Why did you call me a b**ch?’
STUDIO 10 host Angela Bishop confronted David Leyonhjelm on live television over a sexist slur he tweeted at her last week.
When the Liberal Democratic Party Senator appeared on the program this morning, she said: "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?" she asked.
"Because you were being bigoted," he responded. "Joe was trying to explain to you the context in which I made that statement, and you cut him off. The definition of bigotry is not listening to any other view. That is what I was trying to say."
Fellow host Hugh Riminton jumped in, arguing: "But if you think she's a bigot, why not call her a bigot? Why call her a b**ch? Real men don't call women b**ches."
"Oh. You've had a sheltered life," the Senator replied. "Women call each other b**ches.
"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. Calling somebody a pussy, I don't see anything wrong with it."
Ms Bishop went on to ask if he was using his "moment in the limelight" as a way of getting re-elected.
"It wasn't part of a plan. Remember it was Sarah who stood up in the Senate, making it public what was an interchange between us.
"I don't want to shut Sarah down. In fact in many ways it's the gift that keeps on giving. I'm not resiling from the principles I'm raising. Free speech is important. But so is calling out sexism, so is misandry."
"I wasn't guilty of misandry!" she fired back. "I defended your right to prosecute your argument. I just took issue with the language you used. So why call me a b**ch?"
"Oh OK, alright," he responded. "So if you took offence at that, I'm sorry you took offence at that."
When fellow host Sarah Harris asked him to clarify if that was an apology, he said: "Well, to the extent that Angela has said to me she was deliberately not being a misandrist. She was being bigoted - I'm saying that, you were being a bigot, you were cutting off Joe from explaining to you the context in which I made those comments in the Senate."
"Do you admit that calling her a b**ch was wrong?"
"Oh no, no no," he said, to gasps from the audience.
"So you're not apologising?"
"No. What I am saying is I'm sorry she's taken offence."
"Not quite an apology," Harris said, before they moved on.
After the segment, veteran Ten host Sandra Sully tweeted that Mr Leyonhjelm did apologise to Ms Bishop when he was off camera.
Mr Leyonhjelm came under fire earlier this week after telling Ms Hanson-Young to "stop shagging men" during a debate in the Senate about his proposal to let women carry pepper spray and tasers.
Mr Leyonhjelm has said his comment was in response to misandry from the Greens Senator and while he can't remember her exact words, he said they implied all men were rapists.
The Senator has stood by his controversial remarks, saying he stands by his views that she is a "blatant misandrist".
"It is the male side of misogyny - misandrist," he told the Studio 10 panel. "She called … out was the effect of all men are rapists, but she now denies that," he said.
"The point I was making is that she has double standards. She on the one hand - she is a serious misandrist. She classifies all men as the enemy."
He also claimed Ms Hanson-Young is guilty of using offensive language in the Senate.
When asked if he would publicly apologise to Ms Hanson-Young, he said he would do so on a series of conditions.
"She has to concede that men are not collectively responsible for the violent behaviour of individuals such as the odious man who attacked and raped Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne," he said.
"That we are all individuals. We are not collectively blamed, that we are treated as individuals.
"And three, that women have a legitimate right to have things to protect themselves ... such as tasers and pepper spray.
"If she says all those things, there are three things I will do in response. I will publicly admit I misjudged her. I will forgive her for the nasty things she said about me, and I will apologise for the things that I said about her."