Strictly: Radio host criticises Tilly Ramsay
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Gordon Ramsay, 54, has sent a sweet message to his daughter, Tilly Ramsay, 19, today after the teenager was called a “chubby little thing” by radio host, Steve Allen. The celebrity chef wished his daughter and her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin “the very best” ahead of their performance on Strictly Come Dancing tonight.
Sharing a photo of Tilly and Nikita, Gordon typed: “Wishing these two all the very best for tonight’s dance, another extraordinary week of training, focused hard-working and very professional @tillyramsay @nikita__kuzmin @bbcstrictly.”
In response to his kind comments, fans shared their praise for the youngster after she endured body shaming by Allen this week.
Mattredhead7 typed: “Hope Tilly is OK, she is an inspiration to so many youngsters.”
Lauren.C.H remarked: “You raised a whole Queen.”
Lolo_Cowan commented: “She’s doing fantastic and looks incredible. I need some tips!”
It comes as the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant said people should be free to voice their opinions, but “I draw the line at commenting on my appearance” in reaction to the body-shaming jibe.
Allen had read out a comment from a listener telling him that Tilly was taking part in Celebrity MasterChef Australia as well as Strictly.
He responded: “Is she? Well, she can’t blimming well dance, I’m bored with her already.
“She’s a chubby little thing, isn’t she? Have you noticed? Probably her dad’s cooking, I should imagine.”
Tilly directly addressed Allen’s comments in an Instagram post saying she “won’t tolerate people that think it’s okay to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone’s weight and appearance”.
The Strictly star said she tries not to pay attention to what’s written or said about her, but being “called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far”.
Tilly says she’s faced comments about her appearance in the past and that although she is learning to accept herself, words can still hurt.
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In response, her friends and Strictly colleagues stepped in to defend her on social media.
Strictly: 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.
Last week, the pair performed the Paso Doble with judge Anton Du Beke praising the routine as their “best dance of the season”.
Old tweets from Allen’s account show it isn’t the first time he has seemingly taken aim at a woman’s size.
He previously cruelly branded Gemma Collins “fat and boring” and compared her to Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt in unearthed tweets posted on his social media page.
In 2014, he also seemingly took aim at her ex-boyfriend James ‘Arg’ Argent as he tweeted: “That’s Bobby and Harry, the really out to lunch Lydia Dim and her on-off boyfriend fat boy Arg, who slept with the beach hut Gemma.”
“Poor poor Gemma, fat and boring, no friends apart from Bobby, known as little Ms misery. It’s all going pear-shaped, and how we laugh,” he added a week later.
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