Chef Gordon Ramsay is known for his foul mouth. Every other word he speaks on his show Hell’s Kitchen is a bleeped-out swear. However, Ramsay’s mouth recently got him in trouble in a different, much more cringey way. A 2010 clip from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has reemerged in which Ramsay treats actress Sofia Vergara totally inappropriately, and now the internet is coming for him almost ten years later.
Sofia Vergara of Modern Family fame sat down between host Jay Leno and Ramsay to talk about her 2010 Emmy nomination, share some vacation photos, and shoot the breeze. But it was hard for Vergara to do so, having to constantly evade Ramsay’s constant impolite jokes.
Ramsay first made a repulsive comment about Vergara screaming “in the bedroom.” He then questioned her about having a “whole wedge [of pizza] in [her] mouth at one time.” Vergara said she refuses to eat pizza with a knife and fork, so Ramsay then says, “You just pick it up and stick it in?”
The sexual innuendos are beyond gross. And what’s worse is that Leno brushes Ramsay’s dirty comments off with, “He’s English.”
Furthermore, the audience seemingly loved the awkward back-and-forth between Ramsay and Vergara, cooing and wooing at every exchange. At least Vergara served attitude back to Ramsay after he poo-pooed her dulce de leche.[fm_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=fVmG8JA-2ys"]
We shivered at Ramsay smacking Vergara’s thigh. “No touching!” Vergara hit back. Sure, they hugged at the end of the interview. But that doesn’t mean Vergara wasn’t feeling uncomfy. Heck, we certainly were.
Needless to say, people are pissed about the on-air exchange that had successfully flown under the radar for nine years. Twitter user @claireOT had a great thread about why this back-and-forth is so wrong.
Look at how Gordon Ramsey tests her boundaries. This is grooming. This is the behaviour of a predator. Show your daughters what it looks like. https://t.co/vXjviWXdha— Claire’s Outrageous Thoughts (@claireOT) January 7, 2019
He is testing to see where he can push her to. She is at work, and her work involves being friendly with other celebrities, on chat shows. He knows she is unlikely to resist. He starts with a comment about sex, and doesn’t encounter resistance— Claire’s Outrageous Thoughts (@claireOT) January 7, 2019
When she states in Spanish ”this guy is disrespecting me”, she is looking for permission, from her management, or the director of the show, because she knows that she is under contract to them. That is the structural issue, and it’s a missed opportunity, here— Claire’s Outrageous Thoughts (@claireOT) January 7, 2019
He tests her physical boundaries. He pokes a finger close to her. Then he makes physical contact in a non-sexual zone. Then he uses a slap on the upper thigh (a very intimate area: and more intimate and it would be sexual assault). This is deliberate and calculated— Claire’s Outrageous Thoughts (@claireOT) January 7, 2019
This short video clip guarantees that I will forever boycott all Ramsey restaurants, media, publishing, or products.— Claire’s Outrageous Thoughts (@claireOT) January 7, 2019
Claire stated that she will use this clip to show her daughter how a predator can get “close enough to assault someone, in the workplace, and ensure they get away with it.”
And others have jumped on the anti-Ramsay bandwagon.
Sofia Vergara should have smacked @GordonRamsay's face & had him charged with sexual harassment & sexual assault. What an entitled, toxic, chauvinist. Did Jay Leno say ANYTHING to him about this? pic.twitter.com/JC0t78QkW6— @pandymonium.bsky.social (@MoaniePandium) January 7, 2019
*Sips truth tea*
However, let’s remember that having a daughter, wife, sister, or close female friend shouldn’t be a factor in how men treat women.
Watching Gordon Ramsey speak to Sofia Vergara like that has left me sick to my stomach. Hasn't he got a daughter? Disgusting man— 🌟Rebecca Morgan🌟 (@BeccaMorgs) January 9, 2019
ok wow i used to love gordon ramsey but after seeing that vid of him and sofia vergara ive just cancelled him for life— mei (@mei0nnaise) January 7, 2019
@GordonRamsay you treated Sofia Vergara with utter disrespect. You sexually harassed her to the point where you actually touched her. She was making her disdain for you obvious. What the fuck is wrong with you? Never watching anything you do again.— Steph Dyhrberg (@StephDyhrberg) January 7, 2019
Now that this skeleton has fallen out of Ramsay’s closet, we’re anxious to see if and how he addresses it.