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30th Nov 2023

Lorraine Kelly hit with hundreds of Ofcom complaints after ‘body-shaming’ swipe


Viewers were not happy

Ofcom has been hit with hundreds of complaints from audience members over Lorraine Kelly’s comments on air last week.

Ofcom, which regulates broadcasting and investigates viewers’ complaints, has revealed that Lorraine’s show on 21 November received 354 complaints last week.

The complaints were brought to the regulator in response to Lorraine’s comments about Nigel Farage on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, according to The Mirror.

During the episode, Kelly was interviewing Edwina Curry about her own experiences in the jungle, and speculating on Farage’s motives in heading to camp himself.

She said: “I think he’s in there because he thinks he can enhance his reputation. He’s seen as a responsible, intelligent and worthy person of some kind or other. He’s only, what 59? He’s got plenty ahead of him if he wants to get going again.”

Lorraine responded: “Is he?! Is he only 59? I thought he was a hell of a lot older than that. That’s astonishing, that just shows you get the face you deserve! You really do.”

She also reportedly said she was ‘traumatised’ by seeing Farage’s bare backside.

It didn’t take long for Twitter users to call out Kelly’s comments on the platform.

One user said: “Why hasn’t Lorraine Kelly apologised for body shaming Nigel Farage yet? Imagine if he made those comments about her on live TV… The media would cancel him.”

Another said: ” “I thought what Lorraine said about Nigel Farage body shaming him on live tv was unprofessional and insultingly mean and derogatory. I’m sure if a male presenter had said that about a female in the same situation then he would have been fired…”

Ofcom have yet to respond to the complaints.