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Steve Allen hit with 840 Ofcom complaints after calling Tilly Ramsay ‘chubby’

LBC’s Steve Allen received over 800 Ofcom complaints after branding Strictly star Tilly Ramsay a ‘chubby little thing’ on air.

Ofcom registered 840 complaints about the remarks on Steve’s show, and it’s been reported that Steve has since issued a private apology to Tilly to put the matter to bed.

Steve’s remarks about Tilly sparked outrage as celebrities rushed to her defence, after she clapped back with a statement reminding the radio DJ of the inappropriateness of his remarks and the fact she is still a teenager.

The 67-year-old DJ spoke about Tilly’s dancing on air, saying: “She can’t blooming well dance. I’m bored with her already.

Jason Manford and Dr Alex lash out at Steve Allen after he called Strictly’s Tilly Ramsay ‘chubby’

“She’s a chubby little thing, isn’t she? Have you noticed? Probably her dad’s cooking I should imagine.”

In her response to Steve’s comments, which was widely praised, Tilly told Steve to “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.

Steve Allen hit with 840 Ofcom complaints after calling Tilly Ramsay ‘chubby’
Tilly Ramsay choked up as she receives special message from her nan CREDIT: BBC copyright unknown

“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.

“But please remember that words can hurt and at the end of the day I am only 19,” she added.

A source told the Daily Star: “Tilly has been given a full apology by Steve.

Steve Allen hit with 840 Ofcom complaints after calling Tilly Ramsay ‘chubby’
Strictly’s Tilly Ramsay and partner Nikita

“He wanted to make it clear that he is very sorry to have upset her.

“It was sent privately because he didn’t want it to look like it was done for publicity.”

Plenty of fellow celebrities supported Tilly as she stood up for herself after Steve’s disgusting comments.

On Twitter, Jason Manford furiously penned: “I see that bitter old p***k @steveallenshow is trying stay relevant again, this time by criticising a teenage girls’ body on his shit radio show.

“I’d love to see Tilly’s Dad rock up at LBC and give this troll the tongue lashing he deserves. Awful man, terrible outdated broadcaster.”

Love Island’s Dr Alex George, who was appointed a youth mental health ambassador for the Government earlier this year, penned a letter to LBC regarding Steve’s behaviour and called for a discussion to make sure “such a situation never arises again.”

Steve Allen hit with 840 Ofcom complaints after calling Tilly Ramsay ‘chubby’
Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzman on Strictly Come Dancing

Gemma Collins said: “I was so upset about the targeting of @tillyramsay and then I got attached to the story because of someone being cruel about me and do you know what guys it does upset you when it gets brought to light all day yesterday it was covered … is the radio station going to deal with this?”

The reality star urged Strictly fans to throw their support behind Tilly by voting for her this weekend on the show, writing: ‘What’s gone on is disgusting,’ alongside a crying emoji.

Tilly and her partner Nikita Kuzmin have since smashed it on the show, racking up a huge score of 36 for their recent Foxtrot.



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