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.

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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.”