Strictly: Radio host criticises Tilly Ramsay
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Gordon Ramsay has spoken out today after his daughter Tilly Ramsay’s weight was mocked following her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing. LBC host Steve Allen was faced with calls to quit his radio show after calling the teenager a “chubby little thing”.
Speaking for the first time about the incident, the popular chef admitted he is “proud” of his daughter.
It comes as Tilly hit back at the LBC broadcaster in a scathing statement.
Gordon has since addressed Steve’s comments as he opened up about his own struggles with his weight.
The celebrity chef admitted that people’s weight can be a sensitive issue.
Speaking in an Instagram Live interview, he said: “It made me feel very proud that she stood up and said, ‘I’m not taking this.’
“She is 19-years of age for goodness sake – bursting her a**e off and attending university by Zoom and learning the most extraordinary moves with Nikita [Kuzmin].
“I think it was a breath of fresh air that level of standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to tolerate that.’”
The small-screen star admitted he has to train often due to his line of work.
He continued: “It is a very sensitive issue whether you are a girl or a guy.
“I am someone who has always struggled with their weight.
“I have to train, we eat all day. I pick, we graze, we are around food 24/7.
“If we don’t train I’d be 350-400 pounds – so all credit to her.”
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Tilly was praised by a number of celebrities for speaking out after Steve’s comments.
It has been reported that the LBC broadcaster had issued a private apology to the Strictly contestant.
The DJ was hit with 840 Ofcom complaints following his broadcast last week.
In a statement, Tilly said: “I try not to read and listen to comments about negativity however recently being called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far.
“Steve – please feel free [to] voice your opinions, however, I draw the line at commenting on my appearance.
“It’s such a shame that someone is trying to make such a positive experience negative.”
In response, her friends and Strictly colleagues stepped in to defend her on social media.
It Takes Two presenter Rylan wrote on Twitter: “Come for Tilly, you come for all of us.”
While Janette Manrara typed: “How fast we forget what hurtful comments can do for someone’s mental health.”
Her professional partner Nikita was also among those to send a supportive message.
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