Ugo Monye fires back at Steve Allen for body-shaming his Strictly co-star Tilly Ramsay

Strictly: Radio host criticises Tilly Ramsay

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Strictly Come Dancing star Ugo Monye has leapt to defend his friend and Strictly co-star Tilly Ramsay, 19, after LBC presenter Steve Allen called her “a chubby little thing” on his show earlier today. The former rugby player questioned why Steve’s “scrutiny” of Tilly was “relevant”, as he addressed wider problems, stating that the radio presenter’s comments about Tilly’s weight and appearance weren’t the only issues.

The fact that @steveallenshow said what he said on LBC isn’t the only issue here IMO

Ugo Monye

In view of his 117,700 followers, Ugo asked why Steve, 67, felt “comfortable enough” to comment on Tilly’s body.

Ugo wrote: “The fact that @steveallenshow said what he said on LBC isn’t the only issue here IMO.

“The wider societal problem here is that people feel comfortable enough to scrutinise the appearance of a young woman on national radio – why is it relevant?”

The star also shared his comments to Instagram while tagging Tilly.

Earlier today, Tilly shared a clip to Instagram of the radio presenter talking about her role on MasterChef Australia.

Speaking about her recent appearances on Strictly, Steve said: “Is she? Well, she can’t bloomin’ well dance.

“I’m bored with her already.”

He went on: “She’s a chubby little thing, isn’t she? Have you noticed?

“Probably her dad’s cooking, I should imagine,” the clip ended.

Ahead of sharing the audio clip, Tilly penned a powerful statement calling out the radio host for his comments about her weight.

Tilly wrote: “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,” Tilly added.

The daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay continued: “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 and I’m so grateful for all the amazing opportunities that I have been able to take part in.”

The star explained that she understood that she was in the public eye, but said that it was never ok to publicly criticise someone’s appearance.

Tilly said: “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. (sic)

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

Alongside her statement, Tilly shared the hashtag “be kind” with her followers.

Strictly Come Dancing continues at 7.05pm on BBC One on Saturday.

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