Ryan hits out at ‘arrogant bully’ White

September 10, 2007 by  
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Lee Ryan has refused to walk away quietly from Hell’s Kitchen.

Soon after walking out of the reality show following a series of confrontations with kitchen boss Marco Pierre White, the former Blue singer has labelled the celebrity chef as an “arrogant” bully.

Speaking to the News of the World, Ryan revealed that it was the Frenchman’s use of the word “pikey” that finally forced him to leave, though he claims that the show’s producers even misrepresented his departure.

“Pikey is a bullying word because it puts people down. It’s important to make a show of bullies like I did with Marco,” the 24-year old said..

“I got kicked out but it was edited to make it look the other way. They left out the bit where I asked Marco, ‘Do you want me off the show?’ and he said, ‘Yes’.”

While White may well ignore the singer’s remarks, the show’s producers are likely to be worried by the fact that the Commission for Racial Equality has called on the chef to apologise for using the derogatory for travellers and gypsies.

“These high-profile figures should realise that fame brings responsibility. He (White) ought to acknowledge his mistake and apologise for the offence he has caused,” the watchdog said in a statement.

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