Strictly’s Gregg Wallace slammed after he claims women presenters would ‘never work’ on Masterchef
Strictly’s Gregg Wallace has slammed women presenters – saying they could never work on MasterChef.
The TV star host has angered female fans after claiming his hit BBC One cookery series wouldn’t work if it had woman judges – because the job needed to be done by men.
His comments have now been blasted by women’s rights groups, with one saying: “He should be ashamed of himself.”
Gregg, 49, made the outburst while filming tomorrow’s Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show with other Strictly stars on Wednesday.
Funnyman Alan had been discussing the benefits of Strictly’s new presenting team Tess Daly, 45, and Claudia Winkleman, 42, – and the fact they are the only female duo on primetime TV.
The comedian said: “Aren’t Tess and Claudia great together? It is like 2014 for God’s sake. Everyone is saying ‘Oh can they do it?’”
But three-times divorced Gregg was booed by the audience when he cut in, saying: “It would not work with cooking. You could not have two female judges on MasterChef, it’s a blokey thing.”
The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading women’s rights charity campaigns for equality in the workplace – and was last night disgusted a BBC host could make such comments.
Spokeswoman Daisy Sands said: “The MasterChef contestants are evenly split between men and women and there are many high profile female chefs around the world. To suggest that a woman wouldn’t be as adequate at presenting that show as a man is nonsense.
“He’s doing a disservice to himself and to the show. His view of women has no place in modern society and he should be ashamed of himself.”
It’s not the first time former greengrocer Gregg, who hosts MasterChef with John Torode, has been in the hot water over ‘sexist’ comments.
He previously claimed his ex-wife Denise Wallace, 53, from Hampton, Surrey, was happy to let him have affairs until their split in 2008.
The presenter: “As long as I was home when the children woke up in the morning, she could overlook the women – that was the rule.”
But Denise, mother-of-his-two-children, told the Mirror: “If you met him, you’d think he was a really nice guy. He’s very charming and personable. But the real Gregg is horrible.”
Gregg, now dating 28-year-old Anne-Marie Sterpini, did redeem himself – slightly – on Chatty Man show as he laughed off suggestions that his head might be turned by his stunning blonde dance partner Aliona Vilani, 30.
He told Alan: “Have you seen my girlfriend? I wont be going anywhere soon I tell you that.”
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