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Susannah Constantine apologises for “joke” about killing cyclists

Fashion presenter has also accepted offer to join Jeremy Vine on a bike ride

TV personality Susannah Constantine has apologised for remarks she made in a podcast in which she said “I fucking hate cyclists” and that she would like “to kill the lot of them” – with the fashion journalist and Trinny and Susannah star claiming the comments were meant as a joke.

We reported on her comments yesterday, with our article retweeted by broadcaster and cyclist Jeremy Vine this morning, who observed that “The last minority you can legally wish death on are cyclists,” and he invited Constantine to go for a bike ride with him.

In an episode of her My Wardrobe Malfunction podcast on YouTube in which she was speaking with Dr Sarah Parish, Constantine had said: “Oh I hate cycling.  I won’t cycle. No, I fucking hate cyclists.

“My husband is a cyclist and if I see him on the road on his bicycle, I’m going to run him over.

“And the day when I know I’m about to die, I’m going to get in my car, aged 90, and I’m going to drive into cyclists wearing Lycra, kill the lot of them and go and die in jail.”

Today, Constantine said on Twitter: “My remarks about cyclists were intended as a joke. I am not planning to run over anyone riding a bike and recognise that it was insensitive to say so.

“I apologise for any offence caused and the remarks have been removed from the My Wardrobe Malfunction episode.”

She added that she would take up the offer of a bike ride with Vine who, like her, is a past contestant on the BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing.

There’s no news on whether Vine will get her to ride a penny farthing similar to the one he rode this morning to a delicatessen near his home in Chiswick.

Claiming that anti-cyclist comments were intended to be a joke, or were made ironically, seems to be the default defence for high-profile media personalities who make them - including, recently, The Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle, who had written in the newspaper that he found it “tempting” to stretch piano wire at neck height across roads used by cyclists.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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