Australian TV presenter and Sunrise host, David James Koch, nicknamed “Kochie” has come under huge criticism for passing a racist comment on Usian Bolt during a Live telecast.

David Koch has been called out for making a slavery joke on the Sunrise breakfast program.

On Tuesday morning, the 62-year-old TV host was talking about Usain Bolt, when he said, “Who said slavery is over?”

It was in reference to a story about Bolt being headhunted by a European football club before he signed with the Central Coast Mariners.

The Channel Seven Sunrise panel was left stunned after host David Koch appeared to make a “joke” about slavery during a segment on Jamaican-born athlete Usain Bolt.

The on-air gaffe occurred as sports reporter Mark Beretta was reading a story – alongside co-host Sam Armytage, Natalie Barr and Koch – following reports Olympic legend Bolt could leave the Central Coast Mariners Football Club.

“So the Mariners sell him for money, they make a lot of money out of it?” Koch asked.

“It’s a win-win: You keep him, great. You sell him, so be it. That’s the tough world of professional football,” Beretta said.

“Who said slavery was over — anyway. No,” Koch said, before quickly changing the topic.