Gordon Ramsay told rival Jamie Oliver ‘door is open’ after claim he’d quit UK over Brexit

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The 54-year-old is best known for his foul-mouthed rants at restaurateurs in a number of hit TV shows, including The F-Word. He returns to BBC screens tonight with the new quiz show Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance. Away from heated arguments in the kitchen, Ramsay has engaged in multiple spats with fellow chef Oliver. 

Their feud has lasted for several years, often spilling out over social media and during TV interviews. 

In one outburst, they took swipes at one another over Brexit and the result of the EU referendum five years ago. 

The result clearly stated that the UK wanted to depart from the bloc after 52 percent of the public voted Leave.

While Ramsay has always avoided revealing which way he voted in the referendum, he has admitted to seeing both sides of the argument. 

When asked if he was “anti-Brexit” in a 2016 episode of the US talk show, Chelsea, he responded: “You know what, I have got a foot in each camp.”

The TV show’s host moaned at Ramsay for “not having an opinion” but the chef fought back and argued that he was split over his thoughts about Brexit. 

He said: “We have some amazing European staff and I think over 50 percent of our team are all from Europe.

“The irony and the difficulty was all those people voting who were over 65 or 70.

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“They have led their lives in retirement and wanted to exit when it wasn’t really their decision.”

Ramsay claimed their decision had “screwed it for a lot of people” and branded the 1.5 million margin in favour of Brexit a “disaster” and “embarrassing”.

But in 2017, the TV chef seemed to be more in favour of Brexit and argued that it could lead to better developed talent in the UK.

He told the Radio Times: “If anything, it’s a big kick up the a*** for the [hospitality] industry.”

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Ramsay believed Brexit could lead to more apprenticeships and training for workers within the UK.

He commented that the “level of influx” of people from outside the UK “confirmed how lazy” Britons were.

Ramsay’s foe Oliver was a little less cautious about toeing the line when talking about Brexit said he’d be “done” with the UK – especially if Mr Johnson became Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson helped spearhead the Leave campaign in 2016.

Oliver expressed his hurt over the decision to leave the EU in a 2016 Instagram post. 

Oliver claimed the referendum had “fractured Europe, divided families and split the country” but called for unity.

He said: “At some point soon we all need to come back together and make the best of what will be a very bumpy five years.”

Oliver said he would respect the vote for Brexit but stated: “I beg you one thing Great Britain.

“Give me Boris f***ing Johnson as our Prime Minister and I’m done… We can not let this happen – share the s*** out of this.”

Three years after the vote, Mr Johnson would take over as Prime Minister, and leader of the Conservative Party.

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He won the election that year by claiming 365 seats compared to the Labour Party’s 202 under former leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Ramsay took aim at Oliver’s remarks after the referendum in a 2017 Radio Times interview, where he argued the chef had no right to preach politics.

He said: “No disrespect, but we are chefs, not politicians!

“When you breathe that stuff down the public’s throat and say, ‘I am leaving if we have Brexit’, then I’m sorry the door stands open.”

Ramsay seemed surprised that Oliver didn’t leave after Brexit, adding: “Stand for what you say!”

Ramsay sniped the “only” time Oliver “opened his mouth” was when he had “something to promote”.

He took aim at Oliver’s work with supermarkets while preaching about reducing healthy diets.

Ramsay said: “It’s all very well to spout off now about sugar tax and supermarkets.

“[But] none of that was spoken about when he was label-slapping with Sainsbury’s for 10 years!”

Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance airs at 9pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One. 

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