Gordon Ramsay has unreservedly apologised to the TV host, a spokesman for the chef said. The spokesman said today that Ramsay had realised his remarks at the Melbourne cooking show last weekend were “inappropriate and offensive”.
“His comments relating to Tracy Grimshaw, who had interviewed Gordon the previous evening, were off the cuff and in response to heckling from the audience,” he told Sky News in London.
“His intention was to make a joke and indeed he did raise a big laugh at the time.
“However, with hindsight he realises that his comments were inappropriate and offensive to Tracy Grimshaw.
“And he has unreservedly apologised both to her and anybody else who may who may have been upset.”
Ramsay had commented on Grimshaw saying she was “sad” and “bitter” for defending herself on her own TV show A Current Affair. He denied calling her a lesbian while appearing at teh Good Food and Wine Show in Melbourne.
Ramsay said he was “deeply mortified” that his intended joke had been blown out of proportion. Kevin Rudd called him “a new form of low life”. Julia Gillard and Health Minister Nicola Roxon said Ramsay should confine himself to the kitchen and stop abusing women.
Ramsay said he’d never used the word “lesbian” to describe Grimshaw, and said she was guilty of a “disgusting” attack on his wife Tana, who’s due in Australia in two weeks. On Monday, Grimshaw called Ramsay a bully and an “arrogant narcissist”.
She said he’d made “uninformed insinuations” at the food show about her sexuality, and she told her viewers she was not gay.
News of Ramsay versus Grimshaw has gone global, spreading to the UK, US and New Zealand.