During a debate on sexism, the Sunrise presenter questioned whether drunk women wearing short skirts should take responsibility for sexual assault.
The 42-year-old was joined by co-star Isabel Webster, weather woman Nazaneen Ghaffar, journalist Sebastian Payne and professor Sarah Churchwell, when he made the controversial remarks.
"Is it a dreadful thing to say that if women are out in short skirts and drunk, that they don't need to take any personal responsibility?" Stephen asked.
Sarah then interrupted him saying, "Yes," adding: "Let me ask you a question – if you're walking down the street and you get punched in the face, are you responsible for having left your house?"
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Stephen, who has fronted the programme since 2012, went on: "I'd be responsible if I was out provoking someone."
Sarah then hit back: "It is not provocative to drink. It is not provocative to wear what women choose to wear."
Many angry viewers took to Twitter to comment on his statement, with one user posting: "Well done @SkyNews you've proven you're backwards, sexist and revel in female oppression. How about we teach men not to rape?"
Two others agreed: "As if wearing short skirts justifies rape! Unreal," and: "Shame on you @skystephen for promoting the myth that women are 'asking for it' depending on what they wear."
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Stephen wrote back: "Nobody promoted that myth. What is terrible for everyone is when an issue can't be discussed without accusations flying."
Also responding to what was said, Nazaneen, 31, tweeted: "There is NOTHING wrong with wearing a short skirt.
"I asked because I think some women dress sexy and I worry they are attracting the wrong attention that they are not looking for. I am NOT saying that condones rape at all."