Channel 4 has been called out by Ofcom after an uncensored episode of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares and his titular 24 Hours to Hell and Back was accidentally aired during the day.
The reality TV show – which aired from 2007 to 2014 – followed the British chef across the US as he transformed struggling restaurants with his personal menu and blunt advice.
While Ramsey’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back sees Gordon and his trusted team working around the clock to redecorate interiors and modernise menus.
However, both shows have been criticised for breaking Ofcom rules as they aired before the watershed.
A statement shared on their website read: ‘Today we’ve announced that two TV programmes, featuring Gordon Ramsay , broke our broadcasting rules, because they included offensive language but were shown before the 9pm watershed.
‘An episode of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, broadcast before the watershed at 12.10 on Channel 4 on 10 August, included instances of the most offensive language, including the F word.
‘An episode of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA, broadcast at 4pm on E4 Extra on 7 July, included 39 instances of offensive language, with 17 uses of the F word, before the watershed and without any warnings ahead of the programme or apologies after it had been shown.’
TV personality Gordon recently found himself in a spot of bother last month after climate change protesters occupied the tables.
The activists were pictured wearing smart casual clothing as they sat at tables reserved for guests of the high-end restaurant and held mock menus outlining the environmental costs of items served on the venue’s real menu, including steak and veal.
Reacting to the incident, a spokesperson for the restaurant said: ‘Everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs.
‘However, to force your way into a restaurant, disturbing hard-working staff going about their jobs and ruining the evening of guests who have waited months for their reservations is incredibly inappropriate and deeply disrespectful.’
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police added that while they attended the scene, no one was taken into custody, stating: ‘Police were called to a restaurant in Royal Hospital Road, SW3, shortly before 18.30hrs on Saturday, 19 November to reports of a group of protesters refusing to leave the premises.
‘Officers attended. The restaurant was closed, and the protesters left. There were no arrests.’ Metro UK