14/01/2019 17:29 GMT | Updated 15/01/2019 15:07 GMT

Former 'X Factor' Host Kate Thornton Responds To Unearthed Video Showing Judges Fat-Shaming Auditionee

She sent a message of support to singer Samantha.

Former ‘X Factor’ presenter Kate Thornton has sent a message of support to the contestant who was fat-shamed by the judges in a recently-unearthed clip. 

Last week, a tweet with a video of a vintage audition went viral, showing Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh telling pregnant contestant Samantha to lose weight. 

The 'X Factor' judges fat-shamed contestant Samantha in an unearthed 'X Factor' clip from the mid-2000s

After the hopeful, who had missed her own honeymoon to try out for the ITV show, sang a rendition of Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’, Simon told her: “You sound nice, but you look like a shop girl.”

“I know what you’re saying, that I’m overweight basically,” the contestant replied, with Simon agreeing: “You are. You really are.”

Louis then refused to put her through to the next round, calling her “mission impossible”, before Sharon added: “Missus, go on a diet and we’ll see you at the next round.”

While it was unclear if the judges actually knew Samantha was seven months pregnant, she had informed Kate when she was interviewed by her beforehand.

Responding to the conversation the clip has generated online, Kate admitted her “surprise” at realising the show ridiculed someone in such a way, before praising the way society has changed in the years since her audition. 

Speaking to HuffPost UK on an episode of ‘BUILD’, she said: “This has only just been brought to my attention and... I can only be honest with you and say I don’t remember it.

“However, what has transpired is that this young girl was seven months pregnant and she had apparently told me that in an interview piece, so I’m very surprised. 

“What I am pleased about is that kind of language and behaviour is no longer tolerated, and that is a good thing.”

Kate Thornton made an appearance on 'BUILD'

Kate, who is the new host of Yahoo’s podcast ‘White Wine Question Time’, continued: “I’ve stood up to the face of this over the years, and I have been told – as someone who has publicly talked about having eating disorders – that ‘you’d look better smaller’. To which I normally respond: ‘You’re going to look great with my fist in your face if you carry on with that.’

“It’s not acceptable. I think so much has changed, and it’s really positive that the narrative has moved on. There’s a real defiance now about it not being OK – it’s never OK.”

Sending a message to Samantha, Kate added: “I really hope that lady, wherever she is now, I hope her child is blossoming and her life is great, and the only thing she should be worried about in terms of the size that really matters, is the size of her brain and her heart.

“Those are the things you should measure people by.”

Watch the full ‘BUILD’ interview with Kate in the video below...

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