At the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, Oliver told an audience: “Gordon will do anything to try and take the piss out of me because he is deeply jealous and can’t quite work out why I do what I do and why he can’t do that.
“He is too busy shouting and screaming and making our industry look like a bunch of shouters and screamers.
“He’s just a ranter, he’s paid to rant. He’s paid to shower negativity and all his proteges don’t talk to him because he’s like that and it’s a shame.”
Yesterday, though, Oliver, who is worth £240m, said that he regrets the remarks and had been provoked by Ramsay’s recent jibe about how Oliver did not turn up to the launch of the Hong Kong branch of his restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian.
“To be honest, I’m annoyed that I said anything because I did bite for a few years and it felt quite good but I don’t think it’s very responsible of me to take the piss again because I don’t want his kids to get upset because I’m slagging off their dad,” Oliver said at the opening of his Ministry of Food cookery school in Stockland at Wetherill Park, Sydney.
The pair have been engaged in a public spat since 2009, when OIiver took issue with Ramsay over disparaging comments about an Australian TV presenter.
Oliver spoke out against Ramsay’s remarks in The Sun: “Aussies aren’t forgiving. Once you’re gone, you’re gone... It’s never good to criticise a woman, especially when they’re loved by their country and you do it on national television.”
Ramsay responded by branding Oliver a “one-pot wonder” while Oliver retorted with jokes about Botox.