Janet Street-Porter has ripped into Jamie Oliver for deciding to renew his wedding vows with wife Jules amid his restaurant collapse.
The 72-year-old presenter made her feelings clear on today’s Loose Women during a segment on whether couples should renew their wedding vows, slamming the Naked Chef for his decision to mark his 20th wedding anniversary in such an extravagant way.
‘I kind of ask the question, “Why is Jamie Oliver doing it?”‘ she began to co-hosts Andrea McLean, Saira Khan and Coleen Nolan. ‘He closed 22 restaurants this year.
‘His business has gone through some really challenging times, but also a lot of people were made redundant and are out of work because of his business failings so a lot of people are without a job.
‘I think this is a PR stunt and his PR person has thought, “Jamie, let’s put out some good news to divert attention.”‘
‘No one goes into business expecting it to go out of business,’ Andrea offered.
Janet, who also attacked Jamie in May over his crumbling empire, continued: ‘Well perhaps he’d like to invite some of the people he made redundant.’
‘He probably will,’ Saira remarked. ‘He’s that sort of guy. I think he’s deep down, a really decent guy.’
Janet added: ‘I think he is too, but I think all this renewing vows is basically an excuse to just have a lovely party, isn’t it?’
It’s been a turbulent time for the Oliver family after Jamie, 44, was forced to close 22 of his high street Italian restaurants in May.
The closure of caused a devastating loss of 1,000 jobs.
Announcing the news of the wedding renewal with Red magazine, Jools said: ‘Next year, we’ll have been married 20 years, and we’re going to get married again, but do things differently – outside and barefoot.
‘Our wedding was formal, but we’re so not like that. It’ll be a big party. Why the hell not? I think we’ve done well!’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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