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article imageRamsay regrets ‘offensive comments’ after a roasting down-under

By Alethea Borgman     Jun 10, 2009 in Entertainment
TV and celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay has publicly apologised to an Australian female TV-star presenter over "inappropriate and offensive" comments he made towards her, following a grilling from the Australian Prime minister and his own mother.
The foul-mouthed star allegedly called Tracy Grimshaw a lesbian and compared her with a pig in front of a 3,000-strong audience the day after she interviewed him on her popular show, ‘A Current Affair.’ according to a report today on Sky news.
The incident happened at a food and wine show in Melbourne on Saturday where Ramsay told his audience; "That's Grimshaw,". "Holy crap. She needs to see a Botox doctor." He also likened her to Miss Piggy, a character in the UK comedy show, the Muppets. Ramsay later denied using the word "lesbian" and had said the comments were intended as a joke.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd publicly decried Ramsay’s remarks, saying they were "offensive" and reflected "a new form of lowlife."
Grimshaw, dubbed Australia’s answer to UK presenter, Fern Britton, later used her own programme to publicly criticise the Hell’s kitchen star as an "arrogant narcissist".
During her recent interview with Ramsay, the UK chef commented on Ms Grimshaw’s facial mole, he asked her: “Is that a wart? It looks like your little sister is on your lip.”
A spokeswoman for Ramsay said: "Gordon was giving during a live cooking demonstration at the Australian BBC Good Food Show last weekend in front of a large and boisterous audience.
"His comments relating to Tracy Grimshaw, were off the cuff and in response to heckling from the audience.”
"However, with hindsight he realises that his comments were inappropriate and offensive to Tracy Grimshaw and he has unreservedly apologised both to her and anybody else who may who may have been upset.
Ramsay publicly apologised in a TV interview on Channel 9 and said: "I'm deeply sorry for the hurt that I've caused and I accept full responsibility.
"Humble pie is something that from this day on I'll be eating for breakfast for the rest of my life.''
He also said that, he had spoken with his mother who told him she was disgusted with his behaviour and wanted to know what happened.
Grimshaw, who works for TV network Channel 9, has declared never to interview Ramsay again following his rude remarks towards her.
She said: "I'm not going to pretend that his comments didn't hurt. I was absolutely miserable when I found out.
"He says it was a joke - well not to me or to anyone who truly cares about me.
"Truly, I wonder how many people would laugh if they were effectively described as 'an old ugly pig'. How is that funny, exactly?"
“Obviously Gordon thinks that any woman who doesn’t find him attractive must be gay, for the record, I don’t and I’m not.”
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