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TV's Ramsay 'will keep swearing'

Gordon Ramsay
Ramsay is well known for his expletive-filled tirades

Chef Gordon Ramsay has dismissed controversy in Australia over his bad language on TV, saying he has no intention of changing his style.

"It's high pressure, high energy and more importantly, real. That's how we keep it each and every day," Ramsay told the country's Nine Network.

An inquiry was initiated by Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, after he watched Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

The chef is in Australia for a series of cooking shows in Sydney.

Ramsay said his television shows, Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen - both broadcast on Channel Nine - demonstrated the real pressures of working in a restaurant kitchen.

"I want to run a proper kitchen... not stand there and wish everybody a Merry Christmas and pat them on the back every time they do a good job," he said.

Ramsay added that the easiest way to avoid his cursing would be to change the channel.

"Turn over. Isn't it easier?" he said.


Both series have proved to be ratings winners with audiences in Australia.

"I'd like to give Channel Nine a big telling-off for making my name bad in Australia," joked Ramsay. "Has no-one got an edit suite and not broadcasting those naughty words before nine o'clock?

"I'm getting the flak for it everywhere I go."

The Senate inquiry was prompted by one episode aired earlier this year, in the 2030 time slot, in which Ramsay used a four-letter expletive more than 80 times in 40 minutes.

Mr Bernardi said there was "no excuse for gratuitous bad language to be broadcast repeatedly" when it could be "beeped out".

But senators stopped short of imposing an outright ban on swearwords, citing a lack of an "overwhelming community consensus" in favour of such a ban.

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