Ramsay’s Australian Nightmare: Has Gordon got foot in mouth disease?


I’m sure you’ll have heard rumblings in the press and on TV about ‘Gordon-Grimshaw-Gate’ in which Gordon Ramsay has provoked fury down-under by allegedly verbally ‘attacking’ Nine Network’s ‘A Current Affair’ programme host Tracy Grimshaw. But what really happened? Well, let’s take a look…

It all began last Friday when Tracy interviewed Gordon for ‘A Current Affair’ and during the course of that interview – which there’s a clip of later in this article – it became clear that there was some tension between the two.

They clearly don’t like each other that much, however, it seems Grimshaw had agreed to give a wide berth to the stories about Gordon’s personal life, including his alleged affair or affairs plural, depending on which tabloid you read.

She did so but a lot of the interview leaned towards his personal life, and it seems he wasn’t happy about that…

The following day, Gordon – known and renowned of course for his close-to-the-bone remarks and swearing – made a live appearance before an audience of several thousand people at the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show. It was during that show that Gordon cooked up a storm of controversy when he apparently likened the iconic Grimshaw to a pig, supposedly said she was a lesbian and apparently advised her to get cosmetic surgery and have an “ugly” mole on her face removed.

Here’s a clip from YouTube of that show…

According to Australian news website WA Today, during the part of the show when Gordon put up the picture of the multiple-breasted woman with a pig’s face, which we saw in that clip, he then at some point said, “That’s Tracy Grimshaw. I had an interview with her yesterday, holy crap. She needs to see Simon Cowell’s Botox doctor.”

News of what Gordon says was “a joke” about Tracy soon hit the headlines and even Australian Prime minister Kevin Rudd waded in and had this to say about Gordon’s remarks…

“I think I can describe his remarks as reflecting a new form of low life.”

Tracy too decided to hit back at Gordon and this came first in a statement on Fairfax Radio when she told how “the personal attack” upset both her and her mother.

“It upset my mother and when you upset my mother you upset me” Grimshaw said, and following yet more allegations of insults about her from Gordon on Sunday, Tracy decided to record her own very public retribution.

In this clip you can see first, a part of the interview for ‘A Current Affair’ and then Tracy’s no-holds-barred response to what Gordon allegedly had to say about her at the Melbourne show and over the weekend…

As you will have heard during that clip, Tracy made reference to Gordon’s wife which really riled him and in news reports this morning, we’ve seen footage of Gordon out for a run in Melbourne and stopping to comment to reporters that Grimshaw’s response was “unprofessional” and “sad” and he added that it was “disgusting’ that she’d publically attacked his wife.

Here’s a clip from ‘A Current Affair’ over the weekend during which the strength of feeling in the Aussie media is quite clear…

The war of words has continued unabated in the last few days and this morning, several people had something to say about it all on GMTV. James Nesbitt for example, who happens to be in Australia at the moment, said he hoped it would “all blow over” and remarked that he thought Gordon was “a decent fella.”

However, Australian publicist and TV Commentator Prue MacSweene said that Gordon’s attack on Grimshaw – who she described as Australia’s “sacred cow” and an “icon” – was possibly a publicity stunt that’s got way out of hand but nonetheless it’s angered Australians so much, he may find his new restaurant out there is effectively out of business before it’s started.

She also added that the Deputy Prime Minister, a woman, had said Gordon should “get back in the kitchen where he belongs.”

Oucha magoucha…

But today, Gordon has issued an apology via his spokesman who, speaking to Sky news this morning, said, “His comments relating to Tracy Grimshaw, who’d interviewed Gordon the previous evening, were off the cuff and in response to heckling from the audience.

“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.

“He has unreservedly apologised both to her and anybody else who may who may have been upset.”

So what do you think? Was this all a publicity stunt or was it inter-celebrity bitching taken out of context? Or maybe you think Gordon was way out of line or that Tracy Grimshaw and her media colleagues overreacted? Let us know your thoughts by leaving your comments below.


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.