Duncan Garner has defended rugby star Israel Folau's anti-LGBT comments in which he said gay people were destined for hell.

Folau's comments caused outrage among fans and even prompted him to offer to walk away from his Rugby Australia contract as a result.

But now, The AM Show's Garner has weighed in saying while he doesn't agree with Folau's views, he doesn't have a problem with him sharing them as he was simply quoting the bible.

"That's a lesson, a reading, a teaching in the bible - so he just merely quoted the bible," Garner said. "What's wrong with that? I support his right to be a church-man and to reply like that."


However, Garner's colleagues were quick to disagree. Co-host Amanda Gillies said Folau was in a position of "influence and power", his comments would've set LGBT fans of his "10 steps backwards".

The show's social media presenter Aziz Al-Sa'afin pointed out Folau misquoted the bible, the passage did not make reference to women, and the same bible preached that "slavery is ok as well".

"Tell a parent of a 14-year-old boy who wants to play rugby, who... probably looks up to [Folau]... and he's probably gay and now he's probably considering a different life," Al-Sa'afin said.

Viewers also slammed Garner's comments, saying he had missed totally missed the point and one even went so far as to say Garner was "complicit in hatred".