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Sunday Brunch hosts forced to apologise for feeding vegan Jon Richardson ghee

Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer apologised after comedian Jon Richardson was accidentally fed a non-vegan ingredient.

During the show, guests were booked a Masoor dhal with ghee-fried prawns by chef Asma Khan.

Vegan Jon, 37, avoided eating the prawns, and stood to the side while the other guests sampled them.

But he tucked into the dhal, which had been mixed with other ingredients including the ghee.

Ghee is a type of butter that originated in India and is generally made from cow's milk.


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Simon assured him: "The dhal is vegan, Jon, obviously the prawns aren’t."

However, during an ad break, it appeared Jon became aware the dhal was not, in fact, vegan.

Simon began the next segment of the show apologising for the gaffe.

He told viewers: "Earlier on in the previous cooking item I may have informed guests that the dhal was in fact vegan.

"Was, of course, ghee used in the recipe, which isn’t vegan.

"I allowed Jon Richardson, who is indeed a vegan, to eat some of it.

"On behalf of myself and the Sunday Brunch team I would like to sincerely apologise and hope I haven’t offended you and spoiled your life."

Jon was very good-natured about the mix up, joking: "When I’m sick during my interview, you can take responsibility for that!"

But he paid compliments to the chef, adding: "But it was delicious. And it could be vegan!"

His wife Lucy Beaumont then pretended he had eaten a halloumi burger last week, and Jon giggled.

Co host Tim Lovejoy reassured Simon: "I think you’re alright, I don’t think you’ve been cancelled!"

Simon replied: "Thank you social media for reminding me."

Some viewers felt the apology was not sincere enough, taking to Twitter to share their views.

"Why didn’t Asma speak up?" wrote one.

" #Ghee isn’t Vegan! #SundayBrunch Weak apology too, nothing like taking the p**s out of Vegans it’s like the Piers Morgan school of mockery. Bravo!"

Another ranted: "I’m really offended by the ‘joking’ apology and the laughing in the background.

"It would literally make me sick. You own a vegan/vegetarian restaurant!"

But another offered a different viewpoint, writing: "Vegans don’t die if they eat animal products – calm down…".

* Sunday Brunch returns at 9.30am Sunday on Channel 4

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