LBC host Steve Allen issues private apology to Strictly star Tilly Ramsay after fat-shaming on air

LBC host Steve Allen issues private apology to Strictly star Tilly Ramsay after he fat-shamed her live on air when he called her a ‘chubby little thing’

Radio host Steve Allen has reportedly apologised to Tilly Ramsay over his comments that she was a ‘chubby little thing’

Radio host Steve Allen has sent a private apology to Strictly Come Dancing contestant Tilly Ramsay after describing her as a ‘chubby little thing’ live on air.

Allen, 67, faced criticism after saying on LBC radio that he was ‘bored’ with the 19-year-old’s performances on the BBC show and her physical appearance was probably to do with ‘her dad’s cooking’.

CBBC presenter Ramsay, daughter of celebrity chef Gordon, hit back on social media, saying she ‘won’t tolerate people that think it’s OK to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone’s weight and appearance’.

Allen contacted her earlier this week to issue an apology, the PA news agency understands.

News of the apology comes just days after LBC bosses stood by their presenter despite Allen facing calls to quit and said there were no plans at this stage for an investigation into his comments.   

On his radio show, Allen had read out a comment from a listener telling him the teenager is taking part in Celebrity MasterChef Australia.

He replied: ‘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 Ramsay, pictured with her partner Nikita Kuzmin on Saturday's show, said she had endured a 'difficult week of training' following comments made by radio DJ Steve Allen

Tilly Ramsay, pictured with her partner Nikita Kuzmin on Saturday’s show, said she had endured a ‘difficult week of training’ following comments made by radio DJ Steve Allen

Former Love Island star Dr Alex George, who was appointed a youth mental health ambassador for the Government earlier this year, criticised his comments.

He shared a screenshot of an email he sent to LBC about the incident on Instagram and said he was ‘absolutely horrified’ by the remarks.

Ramsay was also inundated with support from her Strictly co-stars, with It Takes Two presenter Janette Manrara writing: ‘How fast we forget what hurtful comments can do for someone’s mental health.’

Ramsay secured third place on the leader board with her latest performance on Strictly

Ramsay secured third place on the leader board with her latest performance on Strictly

Saturday’s episode of Strictly saw Ramsay secure third place on the leader board with 36 points.

After her dance, she spoke of her joy after a ‘difficult week of training’.

An insider told MailOnline that there are some within LBC who called for Allen to quit because they see him as a ‘dinosaur’, but others wanted him to stay.

The insider added that Allen ‘gets on well’ with LBC hosts Eddie Mair and Nick Ferrari and was ‘well thought of in the industry’ by breakfast presenters on other stations.  

Neither LBC nor Ofcom have confirmed whether any complaints have been made, with an Ofcom spokesman telling MailOnline: ‘We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.’

News of the apology comes days after LBC bosses stood by Allen despite calls for him to quit

News of the apology comes days after LBC bosses stood by Allen despite calls for him to quit

On the issue of whether Allen’s comments would fall foul of Ofcom, the insider said it was not clear whether it was ‘offensive’.

He said:  ‘They have to balance freedom of expression with causing offensive, and I’m not sure that ‘chubby’ is one of the prohibited words. And even if it is, within a broadcasting code there is 2.1 which is called ‘generally accepted standards’.

‘It’s their catch all, so if there’s a lot of complaints they will judge it by that standard – so I’m not sure this would be upheld by Ofcom. People are allowed to offend other people, it’s not against the broadcasting code.’

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