The TV chef said he was “proud” of Tilly for standing up for herself after Steve called her a “chubby little thing” as he discussed her Strictly Come Dancing stint on his LBC show earlier this month.
Tilly had issued a lengthy statement on social media blasting Steve, with her dad now addressing the matter during an Instagram Live.
Gordon said: “It made me feel very proud that she stood up and said, ‘I’m not taking this.’
“She is 19-years of age for goodness sake – busting her arse off and attending university by Zoom and learning the most extraordinary moves with Nikita.
“I think it was a breath of fresh air that level of standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to tolerate that.’”
He continued: “It is a very sensitive issue whether you are a girl or a guy.
“I am someone who has always struggled with their weight.
“I have to train, we eat all day. I pick, we graze, we are around food 24/7.
“If we don’t train I’d be 350-400 pounds – so all credit to her.”
Steve, who hosts the weekday 4am to 7am slot on LBC, had said on air: “She can’t blimming well dance!
“I’m bored of her already. She’s a chubby little thing isn’t she. Have you noticed? Probably her dad’s cooking I should imagine.”
In her statement, Tilly said that “being called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far”.