Piers Morgan calls Kirstie Allsopp 'unbelievably stupid and privileged' for comments about house buying

Piers Morgan criticised Kirstie Allsopp for her comments on home ownership (ITV/Channel 4)
Piers Morgan criticised Kirstie Allsopp for her comments on home ownership (ITV/Channel 4)

Piers Morgan has called Kirstie Allsopp "unbelievably stupid and privileged" for saying young people need to give up their subscription lifestyle if they want to get on the property ladder.

The Location, Location, Location presenter has been criticised for comments she made in the Sunday Times that she bought her first home at the age of 21, with the help of her family, by saving on luxuries.

Morgan tweeted in response: "Every time Kirstie Allsopp trends, I check why and see she’s said another unbelievably stupid, ludicrously ill-informed and woefully privileged thing. Then I wait for her to respond to the entirely justified outrage by throwing her toys out of the pram & quitting Twitter again."

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Property expert and craft-lover Allsopp, 50, was quoted as saying: "When I bought my first property, going abroad, the EasyJet, coffee, gym, Netflix lifestyle didn't exist.

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"I used to walk to work with a sandwich. And on payday I'd go for a pizza, and to a movie, and buy a lipstick.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Piers Morgan leaves BBC Broadcasting House after appearing on Sunday Morning on January 16, 2022 in London, England. Sophie Raworth, the veteran BBC journalist, is serving as the interim host of the Sunday morning political programme after the departure of Andrew Marr. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
Piers Morgan has called Kirstie Allsopp 'unbeivably stupid' for her comments about young people buying a home. (Getty Images)

"Interest rates were 15 per cent, I was earning £11,500 a year."

She added: "I don't want to belittle those people who can't do it. But there are loads of people who can do it and don't...

"It's about where you can buy, not if you can buy. There is an issue around the desire to make those sacrifices."

The host says Instagram makes her feel insignificant. (Getty Images)
Kirstie Allsopp said young people can still get on the property ladder if they try hard enough. (Getty Images)

Allsopp has reacted to the backlash on Twitter, saying: "Anyhow who thinks I have spent the last 22 years pretending to understand the needs of British homebuyers must think me a very good actress indeed.

"If you don’t like the shows don’t watch them. But I’m beyond caring what the press or social media think about me, life is too short."

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She added: "If you don’t like me do tell @Channel4, though the best way to put an end to me is not to watch the shows. We’re filming the Christmas Show on Friday, maybe by the time it comes out in December it will have 0 viewers. You’ve got 9 months to achieve that. Ready, steady go.."

Allsopp has presented Channel 4 property show Location, Location, Location with Phil Spencer since 2004.

She also hosts crafting shows on the channel including Kirstie's Homemade Home.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are touring the UK this summer to inspire Britain's households to choose a smart meter, visiting the Merryhill Centre June 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England. The duo will be joined by comedian Susan Calman in 10 cities across the UK, informing as many people as possible about the small but important step everyone can take for a cleaner, greener, smarter future that could also save the UK nearly £560 million a year. Households can ask for a smart meter to be fitted by their energy supplier for free.  (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images for For Cleaner, Greener, Smarter Britain)
Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer have been offering the nation property advice on TV since 2004. (Getty Images)

It is not the first time former Good Morning Britain presenter Morgan, 56, and Allsopp have clashed on Twitter.

Last year, he called her "cretinous" for saying that lockdown was more dangerous to children than COVID-19.

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The Keep Crafting And Carry On presenter tweeted: “COVID is a horrible disease but it is very, very, very rare for it to impact children. They are still at far more danger from journeys in cars, or swimming, or trampolining than COVID. Please do not let anyone persuade you otherwise.”

Morgan responded: “Of all the people I least want to hear from when it comes to expert advice on coronavirus, TV estate agent Kirstie Allsopp and her cretinous trampoline analogies are top of the list.”

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