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Lowri hits back at 'Sun' jibe.

Byline: Daniel Davies

Western Mail columnist Lowri Turner has become engaged in a war of words with The Sun over ITV1's Celebrity Fit Club.

The paper's TV critic Ally Ross rubbished Lowri for taking part in the weight loss show which he panned as 'pointless' yesterday.

He said Lowri did not fit the show's criteria because she is neither fat nor famous.

But Lowri hit back, calling Ross 'a couch potato' and telling him to switch off if he cannot stomach the show.

She added, 'Programmes featuring people, especially women who aren't modelesque, are invariably hated by male TV reviewers.

'The scathing coverage granted to Vanessa Feltz over the years is a case in point.

'It's as if these less than perfect male couch potatoes think that anyone they don't fancy doesn't have a right to be on TV. Specifically to Mr Ally Ross of The Sun: if you don't like it, don't watch it.'

Ross prompted the rebuttal when he said, '(The) clear favourite is Lowri Turner who, though neither celebrity nor fat, does have a massively engorged ego and is on the show because she wants 'to be a babe again'.'

The second series of Celebrity Fit Club began on ITV1 on Tuesday at 8pm.

Eight contestants, including Vanessa Feltz, Freddie Starr and last year's winner Jono Coleman, will spend four months at Bisham Abbey where they will try to lose a total of 40 stone.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 16, 2004
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