Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ramsay Gets a Roasting from Aussie PM over Pig Slur at Show

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ramsay Gets a Roasting from Aussie PM over Pig Slur at Show

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Byline: Jonathan Prynn Consumer Business Editor

GORDON RAMSAY was dragged into a diplomatic row today after an exchange of insults with one of Australia's most respected TV journalists.

The chef infuriated Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd by making offensive comments about Tracy Grimshaw, the host of Nine Network's A Current Affair programme.

Ramsay was also facing further allegations about his treatment of women with new footage of him taken before the interview with Grimshaw.

In makeup, he was filmed telling staff: "Christ almighty. Your f*****g breath stinks. F*****g caffeine. Turn round the other way."

In another shot, speaking about the station's weathergirl Lavinia Nixon, he said: "She doesn't know her arse from her elbow. She said it would be p*****g down with rain and it isn't."

He told another female reporter that if she ran a marathon she should rub extra-virgin olive oil into her nipples, saying: "Having run 10 marathons, extra-virgin olive oil is good for the nipples. Hot tip."

Ramsay today issued an apology in an attempt to contain the controversy.

A statement said: "Gordon was giving a live cooking demonstration at the BBC Good Food Show in Australia 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.

"His intention was to make a joke and indeed he did raise a big laugh at the time. However, with hindsight he realizes that his comments were inappropriate and offensive to Tracy Grimshaw, and he has unreservedly apologised both to her and anybody else who may have been upset."

A friend of the chef said: "He shows this image of the pig to make a joke about swine flu, but someone in the audience shouted out that night 'It's Tracy Grimshaw'. That's what kicked it all off. …

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