Carol Vorderman has hit back at Kelvin MacKenzie's comments about her "destroyed success" with a comprehensive takedown.
The former Countdown star is a presenter on BBC Radio Wales and makes regular appearances on chat and discussion shows, as well as hosting the Pride of Britain Awards and returning to I'm A Celebrity for the recent all-stars spin-off.
But former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie tweeted on Sunday to try to claim that Vorderman, 62, had lost her successful career since moving to Wales - prompting the mathematician to point out a number of factual inaccuracies.
I don't have an 'e' in Carol
I don't live in Wales
I don't support Labour or any political party
But other than that, carry on with your usual level of editorial accuracy 🙄
Pathetic trolling by former editor of The Sun 😂@kelvmackenzie https://t.co/cMiRfZJav1
— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) August 6, 2023
MacKenzie tweeted: "Carole Vorderman had it all. A £4million flat overlooking Parliament, a daily TV show and a guest at Tory gatherings. Then she moved back to Wales. Today she works for BBC local and supports Labour. Is there something in Welsh water which destroys success? We should be told."
But Vorderman hit back, mocking the issues with MacKenzie's tweet as she wrote: "Keeelvin! I don't have an 'e' in Carol I don't live in Wales I don't support Labour or any political party. But other than that, carry on with your usual level of editorial accuracy. Pathetic trolling by former editor of The Sun."
She also replied to MacKenzie's tweet with a screenshot of a headline about his suspension from The Sun and wrote: "Kelvin. You really are a sad man now. Full of bile and loathing for others. I feel sorry for you. You've morphed into a full time twitter troll after you were suspended from The Sun in 2017. Now run along. Carol (no 'e')....A woman of independent thought & means."
Vorderman has come under fire from some Conservative MPs and supporters recently for her outspoken criticism of the party's response to Covid, the cost of living crisis, and climate change issues.
After disagreeing with MP Johnny Mercer's comments on food bank use being a personal choice for military veterans, his wife Felicity Cornelius-Mercer also waded into the row, labelling Vorderman a "celebrity attack dog" on Rachel Johnson's LBC podcast.
Last week, Edwina Currie told Dan Wootton on GB News that she had "a problem with Carol" being a BBC employee while she was making so many political comments on social media.
Currie said: "So much of what she's saying is so unpleasant and so nasty and so directed at the individual and not the policy that you think, 'Oh, come on, you're going overboard.'"