HomeLBC presenter Steve Allen issues special apology to stern star Tillie Ramsey after obesity defamation on air

LBC presenter Steve Allen issues special apology to stern star Tillie Ramsey after obesity defamation on air

Radio host Steve Allen reportedly apologized to Tillie Ramsey for his comments that she was ‘little fat’

Radio host Steve Allen sent a private apology to Strictly come dance racer Tele Ramsay After being described as the “chubby little thing” she lives on on the air.

Allen, 67, faced criticism after saying on LBC radio that he was “bored” with the 19-year-old’s performance in BBC The show and her physical appearance may have had something to do with her “dad’s cooking”.

CBBC host Ramsay, daughter of celebrity chef Gordon, responded on social media, saying she would “not tolerate people who think it’s okay to comment publicly and scrutinize anyone’s weight and appearance.”

Allen called her earlier this week to issue an apology, the Palestinian News Agency understands.

News of the apology comes just days after LBC chiefs sided with the presenter despite Allen facing calls to resign and saying there were no plans at this point to investigate his comments.

On his radio show, Allen read a comment from a listener telling him that the teen was participating in Celebrity MasterChef Australia.

He said: Is it her? Well, she can’t dance very well, I’m already bored with her.

‘She’s a chubby little girl, isn’t she? Did you notice? Maybe her dad was cooking, I have to imagine.

Tillie Ramsey, pictured with her partner Nikita Kuzmin on Saturday's show, said she experienced a 'difficult week of training' after comments made by radio host Steve Allen.

Tillie Ramsey, pictured with her partner Nikita Kuzmin on Saturday’s show, said she experienced a ‘difficult week of training’ after 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, criticized his comments.

Ramsay took third place on the leaderboard with her latest performance on Strictly

Ramsay took third place on the leaderboard with her latest performance on Strictly

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

Many controversies surrounding LBC host Steve Allen

The ongoing feud between Steve Allen and Tillie Ramsey is the latest quarrel involving the LBC host.

A scan on his Twitter shows a bizarre feud with reality TV star Gemma Collins, who has been so critical of her weight that he has described her as a “beach shack.”

He made similar comments about TV personality Sally Jax, who he said is “unbelievably fat”.

Ms Jack responded to the tweet to reveal that she is struggling to lose the baby weight.

In 2018, Ofcom criticized him after he mocked a blind journalist who became the first person in the UK to use a miniature guide horse.

Muhammad Salem Patel of Blackburn, Lancashire, was using a two-year-old miniature American horse because of his fear of dogs – until the horse grew quite large.

On the October 1 broadcast, Allen said he had “never heard anything so stupid” while discussing a story on Digby.

He also said on air, “Well if he’s blind, tell him he’s a rabbit or something. I’ve never heard of anything that stupid.”

This is the blind man who fears dogs in the hope that a horse will guide him on his travels. Where are you going to take this for good?

In December, communications organization Ofcom upheld a complaint that the comments were offensive.

In 2015, LBC received a warning from Ofcom after Allen made comments about “beating up” London Underground workers.

“I think we should go and start hitting the tube people, the people who are all pushing them to strike,” Allen said.

In 2017, Ofcom also received complaints after Allen said: “Why should we start being kind to travelers? Every time I read a story in the newspaper it’s either a robbery or a robbery or a quarrel… What’s wrong with them?

That same year, Ofcom found him to have broken the law for making discriminatory comments about people from Portugal.

Ramsay was also inundated with the support of her co-stars Strictly, with “It Takes Two” host Janet Manrara writing, “How quickly we forget what hurtful comments can do to someone’s mental health.”

Saturday’s episode of Strictly saw Ramsey secure third place on the leaderboard with 36 points.

After her dance, she spoke of her joy after a “difficult week of training.”

Via social media, Miss Ramsay, 19, said she would not tolerate those who criticize her weight.

“I try not to read and listen to the comments and negatives, but recently being called up on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far,” she wrote on Instagram.

It’s such a shame that someone would try to make such a positive experience negative. This isn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last comment on my appearance… but please remember that words can hurt.

After his initial comments, there were calls from industry insiders for Allen to go.

One source said the sun: “Steve’s outdated and outdated comments have been allowed to continue for a very long time and many people want him.

There is freedom of speech and then there is live communication on the radio of a fat teenage girl. Many people think it’s time to order his career as this isn’t the first time he’s made unacceptable comments on air and hasn’t been reprimanded.

He should at least issue an apology – but people want him gone. It spoils the reputation of the station.

An insider told MailOnline that while some within LBC had called on Allen to resign because they saw him as a “dinosaur,” others wanted him to stay.

The source added that Allen “goes along well” with LBC hosts Eddie Mayer and Nick Ferrari and was “well thought through in the industry” by the other stations’ breakfast announcers.

Speaking about who might want Allen out, the industry insider told MailOnline that those at LBC would be “a little bit more progressive, and might consider Steve a dinosaur.”

The insider continued: I think there’s always been this implication that because he’s had 20 years as a kind of dinosaur and that he’s had his day and there have been a number of Ofcom complaints about it.

But there was discontent with Nigel Farage when he was on LBC and it was from James O’Brien’s stable. But I’m not sure if this falls into the same category.

“I’m not a particular fan but I know he has a huge following and if he disappeared from the airwaves I think he would be a big shout out.”

He added that there was a possibility that Allen would retire soon, saying: ‘Maybe that’s the outcome and I was thinking this morning maybe there’s a conversation going on that says ‘Steve, you’re in your sixties, maybe it’s time to go hit the beach’ – maybe having this conversation.”

The insider continued: ‘I think everyone has forgiven him, but I think the moment something like this happens, people draw battle lines.

“A lot of breakfast hosts listen to Steve Allen on their way to work because they think he’s a good presenter, and he’s thought very well in the field.”

Neither LBC nor Ofcom has confirmed whether any complaints have been made, with an Ofcom spokesperson telling MailOnline: “We are evaluating complaints against our broadcast rules, but we have not yet decided whether or not to investigate.”

News of the apology comes days after LBC chiefs sided with Allen despite their calls for his resignation

News of the apology comes days after LBC chiefs sided with Allen despite their calls for his resignation

On the question of whether Allen’s comments would harm Ofcom, the insider said it was not clear if they were “offensive”.

He said: They have to balance free speech with causing attack, I’m not sure ‘full’ is one of the banned words. And even if it is, there is within broadcast code 2.1 what is called “generally accepted standards”.

“That’s all they have, so if there are a lot of complaints they will judge it by that standard – so I’m not sure Ofcom would endorse this. People are allowed to offend other people, it’s not against broadcast law.

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