“Being called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far.”
Tilly Ramsay, a contestant of Strictly Come Dancing, has responded against a radio DJ who made negative remarks about her body live on air.
The TikTok star, daughter of TV chef Gordon Ramsay, replied after LBC DJ Steve Allen referred to the 19-year-old as “a chubby little thing”.
Tilly wrote in an Instagram post: “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 added: “This isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last comment made about my appearance and I 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 its own repercussions and I’ve been aware of this from a young age.
“However, I won’t tolerate people who think it’s okay to publicly comment and scrutinize anyone’s weight and appearance.”
As per Huffingtonpost, Tilly also posted an audio clip of Steve’s comments, which came after a listener informed him that she would be participating in a pre-recorded episode of Celebrity MasterChef Australia.
Steve, who hosts the weekday 4 am to 7 am slot on LBC, then said: “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.”
Tilly received support from a number of her Strictly Come Dancing co-stars, with dance partner Nikita Kuzmin using the hashtag #BeKind and sending a love heart emoji.
Pro dancer Oti Mabuse wrote: “What on earth? Love you @tillyramsay some people just have no regard for others.”
Giovanni Pernice added: “Some people are very nasty !! Don’t listen to this crap .. we love You girl ! #bekind.”
Fellow contestant AJ Odudu said: “Well said Tilly! Your beauty radiates inside and out.”
Judi Love commented: “Omggg I am fuming!!! How dear he come for you!! You are so beautiful, as a person with a dam gorgeous body!!!”
John Whaite added: “His vicious scratching has only left you polished and more fabulous. Love you.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 7.05 p.m.