Strictly judge Shirley Ballas rushes to defend Tilly Ramsay after she was branded ‘chubby’
20th October 2021

Strictly: Radio host criticises Tilly Ramsay

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas gave her support to 19-year-old Tilly Ramsay after an LBC presenter made nasty remarks about the teenager’s appearance. Shirley stepped in along with countless others to condemn the radio host’s comments against Tilly, who is the daughter of famous chef Gordon Ramsay.

On his LBC radio show, Steve Allen said: “Tilly Ramsay is on Celebrity MasterChef Australia, is she? 

“Well she can’t blooming 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.”

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Tilly, who is competing in this year’s Strictly with professional partner Nikita Kuzmin, was left upset by Steve’s comments about her weight. 

Addressing her one million Instagram followers, she wrote a long post explaining her sadness over the remarks and also shared the clip from Steve’s show. 

Under the post, Shirley wrote: “My darling, having been through this myself I hear you. 

“To me you are beautiful just as you are.”

Tilly’s post read: “I try not to read and listen to comments and 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 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.

“This isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last comment made about my appearance and I accept that and I’m learning to accept myself.

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“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 it’s own repercussions and I’ve been aware of this from a young age.

“However I won’t tolerate people that think its okay to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone’s weight and appearance. Love Tilly xx”.

Plenty of Tilly’s Strictly co-stars reached out to her, including Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite.

He wrote: “He’s a piece of old sandpaper love, worn and used and has nothing to offer the world.

“And his vicious scratching has only left you polished and more fabulous. Love you.”

Judge Motsi Mabuse added: “I can’t believe it how everyone is doing their best to put a show together and working so hard!!! Which means everyone must live with this abuse!!!

“It’s a shame !!! @tillyramsay you are correct in speaking up for yourself! 

“This is body shaming on a young girl ! Shameful!!!!! #bekind is not enough here ! She deserves a genuine apology!”

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