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Ryan Gallagher defends Dipper over ‘sexist’ comments about Abbie Chatfield on I’m a Celebrity

Ryan Gallagher has defended Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico after he made ‘sexist’ comments about Abbie Chatfield during Wednesday’s episode of I’m a Celebrity.

The retired Australian rules footballer, 62, made repeated comments about Abbie’s bikini as she walked through the campsite in the skimpy two piece.

Ryan shared a post to Instagram stories on Thursday, saying Dipper is a ‘great bloke’ and his comments have been ‘misinterpreted’.

‘Cut an old boy some slack!’ Former MAFS star Ryan Gallagher (pictured) has defended Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico after he made ‘sexist’ comments about Abbie Chatfield’s skimpy bikini on I’m a Celebrity

‘I feel for this old boy tonight. I’ve seen some things written about him that aren’t nice,’ he wrote.

‘Dips [is] a great bloke and has just expressed something misinterpreted. Cut an old boy some slack,’ he said.

During Wednesday night’s episode of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! former Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield and Dipper had a tense confrontation.

After making repeated comments about her skimpy bikini, a fed-up Abbie, 24, finally confronted the retired Australian rules footballer.

And fans were quick to rally around the former Bachelor star, praising her on Twitter for speaking up.

'Dips is a great bloke!' Ryan shared a post to Instagram stories on Thursday, saying Dipper is a 'great bloke' and his comments have been 'misinterpreted'

‘Dips is a great bloke!’ Ryan shared a post to Instagram stories on Thursday, saying Dipper is a ‘great bloke’ and his comments have been ‘misinterpreted’

Awkward: During Wednesday night's episode of I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! former Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield and Dipper (pictured) had a tense confrontation

Called out: After making repeated comments about her skimpy bikini, a fed up Abbie Chatfield (pictured) finally confronted the retired Australian rules footballer

Awkward: During Wednesday night’s episode of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! former Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield and Dipper had a tense confrontation

‘Abbie should’ve eaten her whole meal, wearing a bikini and shaking her a**, to just p**s him off more,’ commented one viewer.

Added another fan: ‘Thank you Abbie for not accepting a “generation gap” as an excuse to be sexist just because you’re old doesn’t mean you get a free misogyny pass’.

Others praised her as a ‘hero’, ‘great role model’ and said they were ‘loving Abbie more as time goes by’.

'Thank you Abbie for not accepting a "generation gap" as an excuse to be sexist just because you're old doesn't mean you get a free misogyny pass,' tweeted one viewer

‘Thank you Abbie for not accepting a “generation gap” as an excuse to be sexist just because you’re old doesn’t mean you get a free misogyny pass,’ tweeted one viewer

Plenty of support: Fans were quick to rally around the former Bachelor star, praising her on Twitter for speaking up

Plenty of support: Fans were quick to rally around the former Bachelor star, praising her on Twitter for speaking up

‘Abbie supporters we ride at 9:30,’ tweeted one fan, while another wrote, ‘Abbie Chatfield defence squad at your service’.

After walking through the campsite in a bikini, Dipper commented: ‘How do you walk around like that? How can you walk around like that? We should do a G-banger day.’

Despite insisting she was wearing her ‘most conservative togs’, Dipper wouldn’t back down, and joked: ‘You’re not going out like that.’

Remarks: After walking through the campsite in a bikini, Dipper commented: 'How do you walk around like that? How can you walk around like that? We should do a G-banger day'

Remarks: After walking through the campsite in a bikini, Dipper commented: ‘How do you walk around like that? How can you walk around like that? We should do a G-banger day’

Winning fans: Others praised her as a 'hero', 'great role model' and said they were 'loving Abbie more as time goes by'

Winning fans: Others praised her as a ‘hero’, ‘great role model’ and said they were ‘loving Abbie more as time goes by’

A frustrated Abbie then turned and asked him what he meant by the remark, with the 62-year-old explaining he was simply looking out for Abbie in a fatherly way.

‘That’s been said to me like five times in here, and it’s not that it affects me, not that I’m thinking like, “Oh, I should cover up,” it’s just, like, I don’t want that idea to be pushed. It’s just not okay,’ she said.

‘I don’t want young girls or young women to hear that being said and think it’s normal and don’t feel like they can stick up for themselves.’

'I don't want young girls or young women to hear that being said and think it's normal and don't feel like they can stick up for themselves,' she said

‘I don’t want young girls or young women to hear that being said and think it’s normal and don’t feel like they can stick up for themselves,’ she said


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