Chloe was met with a flurry of abusive messages when her mum, Judy Finnigan, made some controversial statements about convicted rapist Ched Evans during her debut appearance on the ‘Loose Women’ panel, claiming his attack on a 19-year-old girl was “non-violent”, for which she has since apologised.
Her famous father, Richard Madeley, has since revealed that he’ll be taking legal action against the Twitter users behind the abusive messages, which Katie reckons is a bit of an over-reaction.
Writing in her latest column for The Sun, she says: “Following the online abuse aimed at [Richard’s] wife and daughter, he should know his ‘I’m telling the cops’ line only really works when you’ve been burgled or you have been mugged for your iPhone 6.
“Calling the police about Twitter is a little bit like dialling 999 in a playground when someone calls you speccy four-eyes. Sure, it isn’t very kind but it is just kids being idiots.
“And the same applies to Twitter. The sort of people who threaten to chop your head off are not lurking at the end of your lane with a machete. They are at home squeezing their spots and playing Minecraft and dressing up as Brenda from Blackpool when their mum goes out to work.”
Katie has become one of the most polarising figures in the British media since she first appeared on ‘The Apprentice’, thanks to her unrelenting views on topics as varied as obesity, terrorism and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and she reckons if you want to be on TV you need to be prepared to put up with the abuse that comes with it.
She adds: “The thing about putting yourself on telly is you need to accept the reaction you get. The fact people are interested in what you are about to say and are prepared to join in the conversation is your asset."
Following this, Katie suggests that Richard was “rather enjoying the recent press attention” surrounding the controversy, adding that Chloe should be grateful her views are being heard at all, writing: “Does [Chloe] really think that, without the network of her mother and father, she would have been on ‘Dancing on Ice’?
“As a model and freelance journalist she’s been skating on thin stuff for years.”