During a dispute on sexism, the Sunrise presenter questioned whether drunk women bore short skirts should take responsibility for sexual assault.
The 42-year-old was joined by co-star Isabel Webster, endure woman Nazaneen Ghaffar, journalist Sebastian Payne and professor Sarah Churchwell, when he branded the controversial remarks.
«Is it a dreadful thing to say that if women are out in short skirts and half-seas-over, that they don’t need to take any personal responsibility?» Stephen beseeched.
Sarah then interrupted him saying, «Yes,» adding: «Let me ask you a question — if you’re walking down the boulevard and you get punched in the face, are you responsible for having left your house?»
Stephen, who has aired the programme since 2012, went on: «I’d be responsible if I was out provoking someone.»
Sarah then hit away: «It is not provocative to drink. It is not provocative to wear what women choose to garb.»
Many angry viewers took to Twitter to comment on his statement, with one alcohol posting: «Well done @SkyNews you’ve proven you’re backwards, sexist and revel in female hardship. How about we teach men not to rape?»
Two others agreed: «As if wearing short skirts exculpates rape! Unreal,» and: «Shame on you @skystephen for promoting the myth that women are ‘solicit from for it’ depending on what they wear.»
Stephen wrote back: «No one promoted that myth. What is terrible for everyone is when an promulgation can’t be discussed without accusations flying.»
Also responding to what was demanded, Nazaneen, 31, tweeted: «There is NOTHING wrong with irritating a short skirt.
«I asked because I think some women array sexy and I worry they are attracting the wrong attention that they are not looking for. I am NOT declaring that condones rape at all.»