Former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten has come under fire after launching a bizarre sexist rant on Australian TV when the show's female anchor, Carrie Bickmore, asked him about the death of Baroness Thatcher.

Rotten, real name John Lydon, has been branded a “sexist, misogynist pig” by Bickmore's co-host Andrew Rochford, after his appearance on talk show 'The Project' on Channel Ten.

The disgusting tirade started with Rotten saying "missus, shutup", he then told her, "when a man is talking do not interrupt."

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He continued, with his seemingly over-inflated ego, thus: "You're beginning to sound like excited children, you're talking to a proper master of the universe here."

Rotten is currently touring the country with his band Public Image Limited.

However, he has hit back at claims he's sexist.“It’s quite clear to me I’m not a sexist and I’m not a misogynist.”

He said that if someone interrupts, “you are going to have to say something at some point, whether it be male or female”, The Independent reports.

Bickmore stayed calm during the interview, but wrote on Twitter afterwards:

Carrie Bickmore
My mum always told me never to stoop to someone else's level. Must have been preparing me for Johnny Rotten.

Throughout his near-40 years in show business, Rotten has provided a raft of memorable TV moments, staying true to the punk philosophy of rabble-rousing, anarchy and generally upsetting the establishment.

Here are some more of his famous TV turns...

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  • John Lydon on the Tom Snyder Show 1980- Part 1

    John Lydon and Keith Levene from PIL piss off Tom Snyder.

  • John Lydon on The Last Resort February 1990

    This is the one with Lydon's now infamous rant at Sid's death.

  • John Lydon v. Judge Judy (COMPLETE)

    John Lydon v. Judge Judy (COMPLETE) antichrist assault battery breach chinese contract drummer duffala edited former forty fox grace gunna heavily helios hill johnny judge judy killer liderman lydon margaret meeting musician musicians nicest patiently pistols...

  • Liquid News with John Lydon (Part 1)

  • Driving with John Lydon

    John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, lead singer of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, talks candidly with Los Angeles Times pop music editor Randall Roberts during a drive around LA

  • John Lydon Interview Big Breakfast

    John Lydon Interview Big Breakfast

  • John Lydon Classic Interview

  • John Lydon On British Politics

    Christian O'Connell speaks to John Lydon about British politics and the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition government.

  • John Lydon - Interview - MTV Australia 1989

    John Lydon gives his views on various topics on MTV Australia

  • george s's INTERVIEW_ John Lydon January 2012 -4.mp4

  • John Lydon Interviews Footage (part I)

    Love this man.