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Channel 4‘s Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer has been slammed for serving vegan comedian Jon Richardson a dish containing ghee.

During the episode, Rimmer cooked guests a Massor dhal featuring fried prawns. He kept a separate portion without the prawns for the Countdown star.

‘Taking the p**s’

However, the dish still contained ghee – a clarified butter often used in Indian cuisine which is unsuitable for vegans. 

Many vegans took to social media to express their outrage, with one user commenting: “#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!”

‘Spoiled your life’

According to Lad Bible, Rimmer apologized live on air, stating: “Earlier on in the previous cooking item I may have informed guests that the dhal was in fact vegan.

“There 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 apologize and hope I haven’t offended you and spoiled your life.”

Richardson replied: “When I’m sick during my interview, you can take responsibility for that. But it was delicious. And it could be vegan…”

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.