Tracy Grimshaw blasts 'bully' Ramsay

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The A Current Affair host has hit back at comments made by Gordon Ramsay at a food exhibition last week in Melbourne, in which he likened her to a pig.

The apparently unprovoked comments made headlines around the country in various media, following an interview between Grimshaw and Ramsay on ACA. But this week Grimshaw was having none of it. She opened Monday night's episode with a stinging rebuke of the infamous chef in a three-minute editorial that proved once again she is a formidable television presenter.

"This is not a business for wimps, and I am not one. I think I've got a reasonable sense of humour too," she said.

"I have no idea what prompted his outburst, which continued yesterday and again today.

"We’ve not spoken and I have not responded until now," she said.

"We have no relationship at all. I’ve played along with him in interviews because it’s entertaining and that’s my job. And I walk away afterwards and I don’t think about him again."

Grimshaw pointed out that Ramsay's publicist insisted the ACA interview "not include questions about his marriage and private life".

"We all know why. I respected that request."

Ramsay's remarks had included comments about Grimshaw's physical appearance, sexuality, and referred to a picture of a woman on her hands and knees with the features of a pig and multiple breasts as "That’s Tracy Grimshaw".

"I'm not going to pretend that his comments didn't hurt," she said. "I was absolutely miserable when I found out late Saturday afternoon. He says it was a joke. Well, not to me or anyone who cares about me."

On Sunday night on Rove, even Rove McManus tried to defend her, but Ramsay deflected any of the inquisition, simply joking, "Nice carpets".

Referring to "uninformed" comments on her private life she added: "Obviously Gordon Ramsay thinks that any woman who doesn’t find him attractive must be gay. For the record, I don’t. And I’m not.”

But the forthright editorial by the ACA host follows a wave of support for her interview with Matthew Johns and her on-air comments that he should step up and answer some serious questions.

The incident is likely to have done considerable damage to the popularity of the chef in Australia, particularly with women.

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