Gordon Ramsay breaks his silence and says he is proud of his daughter Tilly for speaking out after LBC host Steve Allen mocked her weight on Strictly Come Dancing.
Steve, 67, faced calls to leave his show at the station after calling the teenager “chubby”.
Speaking first about the incident, which saw 19-year-old Tilly retaliate in a scathing statement, Gordon said: “It made me so proud that she stood up and said, ‘I’m not taking this .’
“She’s 19 for goodness sake – shutting her a**e up and attending university by zoom and learning the most extraordinary moves with Nikita [Kuzmin].
“I think it was a breath of fresh air standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to tolerate this.’”
Speaking during an Instagram Live interview today, 54-year-old Gordon spoke about his struggle with his weight.
He continued: “It is a very sensitive issue whether you are a girl or a boy.
“I am someone who has always struggled with my weight.
“I have to train, we eat all day. I pick, we graze, we’re around food 24/7.
“If we don’t train I’ll be 350-400 pounds – so all the credit goes to him.”
Tilly was praised by many celebrities for speaking up after Steve’s comments.
The DJ faced 840 Ofcom complaints after his broadcast last week.
In a statement, Tilly said: I try not to read and listen to comments about negativity, although a recent call by a 67-year-old man to a national radio station is a step too far.
“Steve – please feel free [to] Give your opinion, though I’ll draw the line to comment on my appearance.
“It’s such a shame that someone is trying to turn such a positive experience into a negative one.”