Not even the government of Australia can stop Gordon Ramsay from doing his effing best to fill the effing airwaves with the f-word. Yesterday, Ramsay came under fire in an Australian Senate inquiry into his use of foul language. Senator Cory Bernardi presented some damning evidence: Ramsay, he said, had used the f-word 80 times in a 40-minute episode of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. “And I’m not referring to fondue,” Bernardi clarified.
In the end, despite the glaring swearing, senators declined to ban the use of certain profane words on Australian TV (profanity can be broadcast, with warnings, on shows that air after 8:30 p.m. in Australia).
Ramsay, naturally, remains unrepentant. “I’m not rude, I’m honest. Mate, when it’s crap, it’s crap,” he told ABC’s Nightline recently. He went on to say, “Do me one big favor—fuck off.”
No, really, he says that to Nightline. Maybe I do kind of love him a little bit.
Serious Eats has transcripts and clips of the Nightline interview, complete with more astonishing comments that were cut out of the televised version.