Loose Women star tells actor ‘get a life’ in brutal ‘nation of fatties’ debate

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    Loose Women star Janet Street-Porter has taken aim at Bridget Jones director Richard Curtis and told him to "get a life".

    The outspoken journalist and TV panellist appeared on the ITV show on Tuesday (October 17) alongside Brenda Edwards, Ruth Langsford and Coleen Nolan. Discussing the latest headlines in the showbiz world, the ladies' attentions soon turned to a recent interview in which award-winning director Richard expressed "regret" with the portrayal of Bridget Jones.

    In his interview, Richard explained that he would never put "fat jokes" in any of his films going forward. But once hearing this statement, Janet hit back.

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    She then said: "We have disguised fat as large, plus size. We talk all around it but the fact of the matter is the obesity figures for this country show that we are a nation of fatties!"

    As the audience roared with laughter and shock, Janet went on to state that she also owns a "fat dog" and said her partner won't stop giving her pup treats. Sharing their take on the conversation, one viewer took to X formerly known as Twitter and wrote: "Thing is, if you're overweight and go to the gym your shamed, don't go to the gym, you're shamed."

    While another took aim at Janet's comment about her dog. The view said: "Having an overweight dog isn't something to laugh about Janet, that's just cruelty."

    Notting Hill writer Richard recently revealed that it was his daughter Scarlett who told him that he should never use the word "fat" ever again in his work going forward. He said: "I remember how shocked I was five years ago when Scarlett said to me: You can never use the word fat again.'

    "Wow, you were right. In my generation, calling someone chubby [was funny] – in Love Actually there were jokes about that. Those jokes aren’t any longer funny," he explained.

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    The star was also asked whether he should have included more people of colour in his hit film Notting Hill. He replied: "Yes, I wish I’d been ahead of the curve. Because I came from a very undiverse school and bunch of university friends, I think that I’ve hung on, on the diversity issue, to the feeling that I wouldn’t know how to write those parts."

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