Antony Worrall Thompson says what he’s suffering is “worse than jail”

by Lynn Connolly

Shamed TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson has told the Daily Star that in the aftermath of it being publicly revealed that he was arrested for shoplifting, he’s been dogged by criticism.

However, immediately after the news broke, Antony thanked his fans for around 25,000 messages of “support”.

But it seems that since then, Antony’s detractors have caused him a great deal of upset, which has added to his humiliation over the incident in which he was of course cautioned by police for five thefts from his local Tesco store.

He told the paper that he feels as though he’s in “modern day stocks” over the incident, and added, “What I’ve suffered is worse than doing a prison sentence.”

He went on to say, “I did a crime, I appreciate that it was very, very stupid and I am very, very embarrassed…

“It’s just been beyond any relationship to the crime. I mean, I wasn’t charged, I was given a rap on the knuckles.”

While making an appearance on last night’s That Sunday Night Show, Antony told the show’s host Adrian Chiles that he believes his propensity to steal is as a direct result of abuse he suffered as a child.

The paper adds, “But he denied money worries, despite his part-owned Oxfordshire pub The Lamb going into administration.”

I have to say, the big ole cynic in me still wonders just how much of this whole thing is a publicity stunt…

For a person with a perhaps flagging career, any publicity is, as they say, good publicity, and in the wake of the theft incident, Antony’s appeared on chat shows, given newspaper interviews, and could, if he wanted to, maybe write a book about his childhood and subsequent adult life.

Too cynical do you think, or maybe bang on the money?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.