Sun columnist Katie Hopkins has sprung to the defence of Kay Burley after the Sky News presenter engaged in a fiery interview with the chief executive of Alton Towers.
Nick Varney, the chief executive of Merlin Entertainments, which owns the theme park, appeared on the channel in the wake of the accident on the The Smiler ride, which left 16 people injured and saw one victim’s leg amputated.
Burley was slammed by some viewers as “disrespectful”, “disgusting”, “bullying and aggressive”, after the segment which saw her repeatedly interrupt and challenge Varney.
On Monday, amid news teenager Leah Washington had her left leg amputated above the knee following the crash, Hopkins, who is often branded a bully herself, tweeted her support at Burley.
She wrote: “Given a young girl lost her leg during the Alton Towers incident, I can’t understand why so may were outraged by the Kay Burley interview.”
Given a young girl lost her leg during the Alton Towers incident, I can't understand why so many were outraged by the @KayBurley interview.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) June 8, 2015
The 17-year-old from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was at the park on a first date with fellow victim Joe Pugh when the accident occured.
Varney has described the incident as a “terrible event”.
He added: "We are very aware of the impact it will have on those involved and we are doing all we can to provide our support to those injured and their families.
"We closed the park immediately whilst preliminary investigations took place and to give our staff time to come to terms with the accident and its aftermath.
"In recent days our management team have been engaged in a thorough review of our operating and safety procedures before making this decision."
@markswife hi I agree with you about KY Burley. It was tough but needed saying.— donna northcott (@DonnaDonna66) June 5, 2015
Of the news Washington had had her leg amputated, he vowed the park will: "Provide full support to all of those involved now, and throughout their recovery and rehabilitation".
The theme park reopened to the public on Monday, though The Smiler ride remains closed.