GORDON Ramsay broke his silence and said he was proud of his daughter Tilly for speaking out after LBC host Steve Allen mocked her weight on Strictly Come Dancing.
Steve, 67, was faced with calls to quit his show on the station after branding the teenager “chubby.”
Gordon Ramsay with his dancer daughter Tilly
Speaking for the first time about the incident, which saw Tilly, 19, hit back in a scathing statement, Gordon 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.’”
Speaking during an Instagram Live interview today, Gordon, 54, went on to talk about his own struggle with his weight.
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.”
Tilly was praised by a number of celebrities for speaking out following Steve’s comments.
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.”
Tilly blasted the radio host who mocked her weight
Tilly hit back at the host in an Instagram post Credit: Instagram
LBC host Steve Allen called her a 'chubby little thing'
LBC host Steve Allen calls Strictly’s Tilly Ramsay ‘chubby’ on radio