Channel 5 star Anneka Rice has hit back at social media after apologizing to her friend in a tweet some of her fans described as “body shaming”.
Taking to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, the presenter shared a short clip from her visit to see the Kew Gardens Christmas display.
In view of her 71,900 followers, she captioned the video: “This was the tense scene at ‘Kew at Christmas’ last night when my loyal friend got stuck on the skelter helter.
“It took 2 men, a helicopter & 6 firemen. I can only apologize to all the little ones and @MissAlexjones waiting patiently for her turn,” she added, tagging The One Show presenter Alex Jones. (sic)
Some of Anneka’s followers were amused and excited by the tweet, with Steven asking: “May I ask ‘how’ did your friend get stuck!!?”
“Don’t… I’m trying to move on,” Anneka said back, as Steven said: “Oh dear!”
“Helicopter?!” asked Sarah, as Anneka said: “Maybe I exaggerated. It might have been one block…”
“It sounds like the beginning of a song? I was waiting for the next line!!” Andy nodded, and Anneka added: “Or the title of my memoir…”
However, some of Anneka’s followers did not find the tweet very funny, instead branding her “bad” and “joking” about her friend’s weight.
“Why would you put this on twitter?” Serena asked. “You are calling her your friend but this is not something a friend would do….
“I hope she is questioning your friendship today…..bad bad!!!” (sic)
Although Debz agreed: “Nothing like body shaming your friend on social media for the world to see.”
“Is this supposed to be funny?” Monica said, as Amy strangely agreed: “Wow, we all need ‘friends’ like you.”
Another follower said: “Wow, I’m sure your ‘real size’ friend could be really hurt and you’d make fun of her size on social media, and question if you’re even a friend any. But hey, sure got a few laughs eh.” (sic)
It comes days after Anneka sent out a post about “relationship” earlier this week.
On Monday, she tweeted: “#WorldKindnessDay My world is full of the kindest people in humanity.
“I am very grateful to the thousands of wonderful people who have helped our projects over the past 35 years.
“And yet! Nothing says kindness and companionship like YOU!”
Express.co.uk has contacted Anneka’s representatives for comment.
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