TV presenter Harry Hill has revealed the time he took his joke with Jamie Oliver “too far”.
Harry said he made an enemy of the celebrity chef after creating a spoof segment of one of Jamie’s food programmes.
You might remember Jamie’s Ministry of Food series, which featured his ‘pass it on’ campaign. Based in Rotherham, the chef wanted to make the Yorkshire town Britain’s ‘culinary capital’, and in 2008 taught eight people how to cook fresh, simple dinners.
The aim was that those eight people would pass their new skills on, and soon everyone would be cooking nutritious meals from scratch.
Spaghetti bolognese: pass it on
Harry created a skit of the show, mocking the idea with his ‘turn it off’ campaign. The TV Burp presenter suggested viewers should simply turn off the show instead. Apparently, Jamie failed to see the funny side.
“The only person who took exception [to jokes] was Jamie Oliver,” Harry confessed. “We did go a bit too far but we had a show to fill.
“He had a diagram on his show about: ‘If you teach two people to make spaghetti bolognese, then they teach two friends, in a week, X amount of people will know how to make it.’
“We did a diagram saying: ‘If you tell two friends not to bother watching Jamie’s Whatever It Is, and they tell two friends…’ He hit the roof. After that he wouldn’t give us any more clips.”
Harry told Metro that he tried to settle the argument. He did a new clip with an apology of sorts.
Harry added: “The producer contacted me to say, ‘Jamie’s very upset. Can you do a video apologising to him?’
“So I did a video of me in my kitchen singing I Just Called To Say I Love You , then pulled out one of his pans, saying, ‘Look, I’ve even got one of your pans’.”