The 78-year-old singer made the controversial remark during an appearance on Loose Women on Tuesday.What on earth is 'controversial' about this?
...while the Loose Women panel, which included Sir Cliff's friend Gloria Hunniford, appeared to agree with his comment, viewers expressed outrage.
'Cliff Richard repeating his line that he'd rather 10 guilty rapists walk the streets than 1 innocent person be investigated on #LooseWomen is gross and abhorrent,' said one person on Twitter.
'Imagine having 10 predators on the streets just because you were mildly inconvenienced by an investigation into you that was proven to be untrue?'
Another said: 'I'm not a fan of Cliff Richard but he's turned my stomach saying that 10 guilty men should go free to save one who's innocent. Absolute disgrace.
'The victims of abuse, assault and rape deserve more.'
Another viewer branded his comment 'insane' and 'offensive.' 'Cliff Richard just said one of the stupidest and most offensive things I've ever heard in television,' the viewer wrote on Twitter.Congratulations, 'Loose Women' viewers! You have all just proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that daytime TV lowers your IQ.