Loose Women branded 'hypocrites' after grilling chef James Martin over his weight

Ben Arnold

The Loose Women are being called out on a double standard, after yesterday’s interview with TV chef James Martin turned to his weight.

Martin was on the ITV morning show to talk up his new TV series James Martin’s Great British Adventure, where he tours the country championing British produce.

In one sequence for the show, he told the panel how he’d taken his mum out to a pub in Yorkshire where they reputedly serve the ‘best scampi in the world’.

It was then that host Janet Street-Porter grilled Martin over whether his mother is critical of his appearance.

“100% hence I’m wearing a jacket,” said Martin.

“What about weight?” Street-Porter asked back.

The Loose Women hosts have been criticised for going too far with their questioning about the star’s weight gain. (ITV)

Martin then added: “Weight is quite a big issue. Now she’s got a big TV. It never used to be a problem when she had a little TV. It’s all relative. HD is horrific.

“I’ve never been a little lad. I’m 6ft 4 and 18 stone.”

But viewers soon pointed out that had their guest been female, questions like that would likely have been off the table.