Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver usually wins over fans by tearing up over childhood obesity and getting passionate about health. But at a press event for the launch of a new cooking school in Australia earlier this week, he wasn’t quite so charming: When a reporter asked if he’d put on weight, he responded by calling her a ‘bitch’…and later defending his health.
His original comment is pretty inexcusable. Not only is it offensive that he called a stranger a bitch, but he didn’t actually accompany the insult with a rational criticism of her question, saying simply:
Are you from a tabloid? Thank you for noticing, you b***h.
In an interview the following day, he explained that he “wasn’t thinking straight” because he’d had a few drinks the night before and his “brain didn’t quite understand that question.” And he also gave defended his health in the way he probably should have the first time around:
I do my best. Working in the food business is quite hard when someone is constantly asking you to try things.
I eat fresh. I train twice a week. I could definitely do better, but I am trying to do my best like most people when they hit 30.
Which is…actually kind of nice to hear. His U.S. publicist has issued statements explaining that he hasn’t gained weight, but it’s actually somewhat refreshing to hear someone in the spotlight—especially a nutrition/health expert—admit that there are times in life when you just do the best you can, and sometimes the result is a little weight gain.
Jamie, we want to be inspired by you; it’s just a shame you called that reporter a bitch.