Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has jumped to Tilly Ramsay’s defence after she was called “chubby” by a radio host.

The 61-year-old took to Instagram and showered the teenager – who is competing on the show with dance partner Nikita – with support after seeing Steve Allen had harshly commented on 19-year-old Tilly’s weight.

In a video from his LBC radio show, Steve can be heard saying: “Tilly Ramsay is on Celebrity MasterChef Australia, is she? Well she can’t blooming well dance, I’m bored with her already.

“She’s a chubby little thing, isn’t she? Have you noticed? Probably her dad’s cooking I should imagine.”







Head judge Shirley Ballas has defended Tilly Ramsay


Head judge Shirley Ballas has defended Tilly Ramsay
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Tilly shared her sadness and disgust at the remark by writing a long Instagram post, to which Shirley replied underneath: “My darling, having been through this myself I hear you. To me you are beautiful just as you are.”

Shirley’s fellow judge Motsi Mabuse added: “I can’t believe it how everyone is doing their best to put a show together and working so hard!!! Which means everyone must live with this abuse!!!

“It’s a shame !!! @tillyramsay you are correct in speaking up for yourself! This is body shaming on a young girl ! Shameful!!!!! #bekind is not enough here ! She deserves a genuine apology!”







She said: "To me you are beautiful just as you are."


She said: “To me you are beautiful just as you are.”
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Shirley is a judge on the BBC1 show


Shirley is a judge on the BBC1 show
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Tilly, who is the daughter of Gordon Ramsay, was supported by plenty of other celebrities who have watched her perform on the show – including the likes of dance partner Nikita, presenter Roman Kemp, pro dancer Dianne Buswell and YouTube star Saffron Barker.

After hearing Steve’s upsetting comment, Tilly shared on her social media: “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 was upset about the disgusting comment


Tilly was upset about the disgusting comment
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“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 I have been able to take part in 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.

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


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