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Backlash over Allsopp’s Twitter slur on Melanie Bien

Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has sparked a war of words on Twitter after making offensive comments about Melanie Bien, director of communications at Private Finance this morning.


The comments were made while Bien appeared on BBC Breakfast.

While watching the show the Location, Location, Location, presenter tweeted: “Finance woman on BBC breakfast clearly came directly from a night out and it’s debatable whether that’s a skirt of not  -hardtotakeserioulsy.”

Bien later tweeted: “No, as a mother of 18-moth old, no nights out and I was wearing a dress, not a skirt.”

To which Allsop replied: “It’s only fair to give right of reply!”

Allsopp later added: “For the record, I’m no saint, I do think, says and tweet mean things and I am as capable as anyone of hypocrisy, and my spelling is dodgy.”

One Bien supporter tweeted: “I find it really sad that women are so critical of each other re: appearance. It just wouldn’t happen with men.”

Rob Jupp, managing director of Brightstar Financial also weighed into the debate, he tweeted: “Just caught the end of this and I think this is scandalous that such a comment has been made. You are a wonderful ambassador for us all and I saw you this morning and thought you looked great!.”

Drew Wotherspoon, director of marketing at John Charcol also tweeted: “I’ll send Ray in a dress next time so she can really have something to talk about…ridiculous.”




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  • john 4th February 2011 at 8:24 pm

    That is a short skirt on Mel. No one dresses like that in my office unfortunately………

  • Lee Harrison 4th February 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Mel, you have the best legs I have seen in ages, awesome perked my morning up who needs crunchy nut cornflakes when you have MB’s pins… Go girl !

  • Graey Haired Underwriter 4th February 2011 at 2:18 pm

    What is this article doing here? or is this turning into Hello magazine

  • Colin Chapman 4th February 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Melanie’s skirt is no more revealing than a Allsopp’s top in the daily mail article!!!!!…double standards and a bit of jealousy i d say.

  • Colin Chapman 4th February 2011 at 12:58 pm

    anyway I hear rumours of some good 85% lending for next week.

  • Colin Chapman 4th February 2011 at 12:56 pm

    since the onset of the credit crunch the pluspoints t the programmes the likes of Allsop present are as rare as 95% mortgages!!!!!

    her celeb status…..and i use that sparingly…… clearly not what it was but twitter gives these Z listers a prolonged shelf life.

    I didn t see it but Katie, whats wrong with a short skirt, i d rather see that than a Widdicombe lookalike!!!!!

  • Tom Cleary 4th February 2011 at 10:52 am

    I think we all know which one of the two has the most experience and genuine knowledge of the property and mortgage markets!? How shallow can someone be to actually post such an offensive comment in the public domain? Well done to Mel for sticking up for herself…

  • Jonathan 4th February 2011 at 1:41 am

    It was a super shirt skirt on her, very sexy. Is she married?

  • Lee Chester 3rd February 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Jupp is clearly after a leg over.

  • John Stevenson 3rd February 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I am worried about people’s advocation of censorship. Freedom of speech is essential. This is how Nazi Germany started.

  • david graves 3rd February 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Kirsty represents everything that is vacuous and “throwaway” in broadcasting.

    why should we expect anything better from her than a vacuous and fascile observation, the fact that it was cruel speaks volumes about her and says nothing about melanie Bien.

    clearly she has a ridiculously inverted sense of what warrants comment.

    The sooner she and her brand of worthless television are a memory the better.

  • katie blair 3rd February 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I saw the finance woman on the news and thought the same as Kirstie. The sight of that much leg in the morning put me off my cornflakes!

  • katie blair 3rd February 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I saw the finance woman on the news and thought the same as Kirstie. The sight of that much leg in the morning put me off my cornflakes!

  • geoff Laird 3rd February 2011 at 11:14 am

    I think this is a storm in a b cup

  • george 2nd February 2011 at 9:15 pm

    does anybody like kirstie, or actually take anything she says seriously?

    there can never ever have been a more self-righteous and self-promoting person on tv.

    people in glass houses……….

  • Alex Ferguson 2nd February 2011 at 8:57 pm

    They should be glad they were not commented on by Richard Keyes and Andy Gray!

  • Mark Glithero 2nd February 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I’ll tell you something else interesting, as a passionate Gooner Mel Bien does know the offside rule! Ms Allsopp however may not.

  • Ancient a mortgage broker in N3 2nd February 2011 at 6:33 pm

    ..I think Bien can get away with a short skirt, not sure if Allsop can do the same…and I think Allsop seems to be making a few offensive remarks of late…

    ‘…bloody cheek Kirstie Allsop who was in celeb apprentice claims I was uncharitable, Lying cow she was useless and the worst contestant in celeb apprentice, having hissy fits all the time, very rude!’ -Lord Alan Sugar

    Mortgage Broker 1 – Failed Property Finder – 0.

  • Russell Cook 2nd February 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Sorry Kirsty, but that was innappropriate. A bit like the craze for getting rich quick via property that you happily espouse

  • Chris Simpson 2nd February 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Can I ask Drew if she does send Ray in to the show, will he be telling clients to fix or track at the moment? JC/Ray’s recommendations seem to change so frequently!

  • Andy Valvona 2nd February 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Oh Dear Kirsty, what a ridiculous comment.

    Have last week’s events on Sky Sports not taught you anything?

    What on earth Melanie’s attire to do with anything I don’t know!!!

    For what it’s worth, I thought she looked very smart, presentable and professional anyway.