Ramsay reveals Tilly made him proud when she stood up to Steve Allen
‘It made me feel very proud’: Gordon Ramsay breaks his silence after daughter Tilly, 19, hit back at LBC radio host Steve Allen for ‘fat shaming’ her live on-air
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Gordon Ramsay revealed on Wednesday he is ‘very proud’ of his daughter Tilly for standing up to LBC host Steve Allen.
The TV chef, 54, spoke for the first time since the radio host, 67, mocked his 19-year old daughter’s weight on Strictly Come Dancing.
In an Instagram live Gordon said: ‘It made me feel very proud that she stood up and said, ‘I’m not taking this.’
Sweet: Gordon Ramsay revealed on Wednesday he is ‘very proud’ of his daughter Tilly, 19, for standing up to LBC host Steve Allen, 67
Speaking to Thomasina Miers about his new cook book, Ramsay in 10, the conversation soon turned to Steve calling Tilly a ‘chubby little thing’ live on air.
Gordon hit back and said: ‘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.’
Gordon went on to talk about his own struggle with his weight saying he ‘always struggled’ with his weight.
Awful: The TV chef, 54, spoke for the first time since the radio host (pictured) mocked his daughter’s weight on Strictly Come Dancing
Cruel: Speaking to Thomasina Miers about his new cook book, Ramsay in 10, the conversation soon turned to Steve (pictured) calling Tilly a ‘chubby little thing’ live on air
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.’
Gordon’s comments come after his daughter took to Instagram to respond to the radio presenter fat-shaming her on his show.
In the post, Tilly revealed she was ‘learning to accept’ herself but had still been left ‘hurt’ by the shocking remarks.
In an Instagram live Gordon said: ‘It made me feel very proud that she stood up and said, ‘I’m not taking this’
Shocking: Tilly said she was deeply hurt that Steve had felt the need to comment on her weight after watching her on Strictly (pictured with dance partner Nikita Kuzmin)
Alongside the statement she shared a soundbite from Steve’s show, in which he read out a comment from a listener alerting him to the fact Tilly was taking part in Celebrity MasterChef Australia.
Steve – who is on air between 4am and 7am – then remarked: ‘Is she? Well, she can’t blimming well dance!
‘I’m bored of her already. She’s a chubby little thing isn’t she. Have you noticed? Probably her dad’s cooking I should imagine.’
In response to the remarks, Tilly penned: ‘I try not to read and listen to comments and negativity however recently being called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far.
Shock: The CBBC presenter had taken to Instagram to respond to LBC radio presenter Steve fat-shaming her on his radio show
‘Steve please feel free 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.’
Tilly continued: ‘This isn’t the first and definitely wont’ be the last comment made about my appearance and I accept that and I’m learning to accept myself. But please remember that words can hurt. And at the end of the day I am only 19 and I’m so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I have been able to take part in.
‘And I understand that being in the public eye obviously comes with it’s own repercussions and I’ve been aware of this from a young age. However, I won’t tolerate people that think it’s okay to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone’s weight and appearance. Love Tilly xx’ She captioned the post ‘#bekind’.
In the wake of Tilly’s comments about Steve, there has been an outpouring of support for the star from fans and other celebrities.
Tilly was deeply touched when Love Island’s Dr Alex George wrote an email to LBC telling the station he was ‘absolutely horrified by the remarks’.
Taking a stand: The GC took to Instagram on Friday to share a bottom-baring selfie in response to LBC DJ Steve Allen’s latest trolling campaign
While Gemma Collins took to Instagram on Friday to share a bottom-baring selfie in response to LBC DJ Steve Allen’s latest trolling campaign.
It came years after he branded Gemma ‘fat’ and likened her to Star Wars character Jabba The Hutt.
Meanwhile, celebrities including Amy Hart, Rhian Sugden and Megan McKenna have come forward to share their own experiences of being trolled and to call for him to be fired.
The DJ was hit with 840 Ofcom complaints following his broadcast last week.
He contacted Tilly earlier this week to issue an apology, the PA news agency understands.
Apology: He contacted Tilly earlier this week to issue an apology, the PA news agency understands (pictured with dance partner Nikita Kuzmin)
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