LBC presenter Steve Allen was criticized after Tilly Ramsay’s star seriously called him for referring to her as a “chubby little thing” broadcast live
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Steve Allen was explained by broadcast watchdog Ofcom about complaints about remarks he made about Tilly Ramsay’s weight.
She then publicly called him out in a powerful social media statement, drawing much support from her colleagues and backlash against Steve.
After receiving 860 complaints, Ofcom has looked into the matter, but has now said it will not open a formal investigation into the radio presenter, 67.
Tilly, now 20, was just 19 when Steve’s comment aired on October 18 while she was competing on BBC Dance show with professional Nikita Kuzmin.
People have suggested he violated “generally accepted standards” with his comments, but Ofcom said it would not formally investigate it because the comments were brief and because because regular listeners of Steve’s show are used to him being “provocative”.
A spokesperson said: “We have provided guidance to LBC for better care in the future.
“In light of societal concerns about body image pressures on young people, a presenter’s criticisms of a young woman’s appearance can lead to adverse effects on mental health and well-being. God.
“But given the brevity of the audience’s comments and expectations about the host and this provocative show, we won’t pursue further.”
Tilly expressed disgust and sadness to her Instagram followers after learning about the comments.
She shared the clip, in which Steve is heard saying: “Tilly Ramsay is on Celebrity MasterChef Australia, isn’t she? Well she can’t dance well anymore, I’m sick of her.
“She’s a chubby kid, isn’t she? Did you notice? It must have been her father’s cooking, I should have imagined.”
In response, Tilly wrote: “I try not to read and listen to the comments and negativity, however recently being called on national radio by a 67-year-old man was a step too far.
“Steve is happy to voice your opinion. However, I draw opinions when commenting on my appearance. It’s a shame when someone is trying to make a positive experience negative. such extreme.
“This isn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last to comment on my appearance and I accept that and I’m learning to accept myself.
“But please remember that words can hurt and in the end I’m only 19 years old and I’m so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I’ve been able to take part in and I understand that appearing in The public eye obviously comes with its own consequences and I have been aware of this since I was a child.
“However, I will not tolerate people who think that openly commenting and prying about anyone’s weight and appearance. Love Tilly xx”
Steve later issued a private apology to Tilly.
An insider told the Daily Star: “Tilly has been issued a full apology by Steve. He wanted to make it clear that he is very sorry to have upset her. It was sent privately because He doesn’t want it to look like it’s made public.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/radio-host-steve-allen-cleared-25633158 Radio host Steve Allen removed by Ofcom after calling Serious's Tilly Ramsay 'chubby'