Tracy Grimshaw responded to comments by Gordon Ramsay last night opening A Current Affair with a sterling editorial in which she admitted to being “absolutely miserable.”
“I have no idea what prompted his outburst,” she said, “which continued yesterday and again today.
“We’ve not spoken and I have not responded until now.”
Responding to his publicist’s “damage control” comments, Grimshaw clarified that she has no relationship with the outspoken chef.
“We have no relationship at all. I’ve played along with him in interviews because it’s entertaining and that’s my job. But I walk away afterwards and I don’t think about him again.”
Grimshaw said she respected a request to not question Ramsay about his private life.
“But it appears with Ramsay respect is a one way street.”
Grimshaw said she was hurt by the comments, supposedly funny, when likened to an ‘old, ugly pig.’
“How is that funny, exactly? And worse, it’s not even witty.”
In her succinctly worded response Tracy Grimshaw said she considered not responding at all, but that bullying had to be addressed.
“He made some very clear and uninformed comments about (my private life). 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.”
Grimshaw’s classy performance follows her editorialising on the Matthew Johns / NRL scandal and an interview for which she was widely praised.
Although ACA trails Today Tonight nationally, it is forthright performances like this which will see it and Grimshaw win renewed respect. Seven meanwhile is sending Matt White to Dancing with the Stars.
Still, none of this has been about chasing ratings so much as right of reply to Ramsay’s apparently unprovoked sense of humour.