The TV presenter Susannah Constantine has apologised after saying she wants to run over cyclists with her car and “kill the lot of them.”
Constantine, a fashion adviser known for shows like What Not to Wear, went on a violent rant about cyclists on an episode of her podcast, My Wardrobe Malfunction with guest Dr Sarah Parish.
After Dr Parish revealed on the show that she would be taking on a charity bike ride to raise money for children’s charity the Murray Parish Trust, Constantine broke into a tirade about cyclists.
She said: “Oh I hate cycling.
“I won’t cycle. No, I f*****g hate cyclists. My husband is a cyclist and if I see him on the road on his bicycle I’m going to run him over.”
She added: “On the day when I know I’m about to die, I’m going to get in my car, aged 90, and I’m going to drive into cyclists wearing Lycra, kill them lot of them and go and die in jail.”
Constantine, 58, said she finds bike riders “irritating” and “arrogant” because “they won’t go single file.”
After being criticised for her comments online Constantine released a statement on Twitter apologising for her words, adding that the segment has been removed from the podcast episode.
Jeremy Vine, broadcaster and cycling advocate, took issue with her comments saying : “The last minority you can legally wish death on are cyclists.
“Come out with me on my bike one day Susannah.”
She said: “My remarks about cyclists were intended as a joke. I am not planning to run over anyone riding a bike and recognise that it was insensitive to say so. I apologise for any offence caused and remarks have been removed from the My Wardrobe Malfunction episode.”
Constantine added that she has agreed to take part in the Murray Parish Trust ride in 2022 and has accepted an offer to cycle with Jeremy Vine.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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