Gordon Ramsay urges fans to ‘stay strong’ after laying off 500 employees amid coronavirus

Gordon has come under fire for laying off employees (Picture: Getty Images)

Gordon Ramsay has continued to ignore criticism after laying off 500 employees, now sharing a throwback of himself and his pals Gino D’Acampo, and Fred Sirieix.

The celebrity chef has come under fire after being accused of treating his staff ‘like s**t’ amid the coronavirus pandemic, summoning them to a meeting where they learned their contracts would be terminated.

Taking to Twitter, the 53-year-old shared a clip from his show Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip, with the three of them diving into the sea with the Italian chef removing his pants to skinny dip.

Gordon wrote: ‘#tbt to my last holiday with the Three Amigos (@Ginofantastico@fredsirieix1)…next week’s #GordonGinoandFred is a whole different beast ! And Italia ti amo…stay strong.’

The comments are filled with followers asking him to address the controversy, with one saying: ‘Why u firing staff rather than paying them.’

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‘Pay your staff,’ another demanded, while one more told him: ‘I so hope it isnt true that you have laid of 500 of your staff????’

#tbt to my last holiday with the Three Amigos (@Ginofantastico @fredsirieix1)…next week’s #GordonGinoandFred is a whole different beast ! And Italia ti amo…stay strong 🇮🇹 Gx pic.twitter.com/0ZtMhNOmn7

— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) March 26, 2020

The celebrity chef was forced to briefly shut down a string of his restaurants due to the global health scare, after pubs and restaurants were ordered to close.

And the star summoned his staff to a meeting where they learned their contracts would be terminated – reportedly leaving many in tears.

They were later sent an email explaining they would be paid up to 17 April, giving them the option to appeal the decision.

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After the dad-of-five – who is thought to be worth around £140million – failed to guarantee they would retain their jobs when the restrictions lift, chef de partie Anca-Cosmina Toropu revealed that staff members haven’t heard a word from Gordon since they were let go.

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‘People were sad and disappointed,’ she told Metro.co.uk. ‘Gordon was not there [at the meeting].

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‘If he would have been there, that would have changed the situation. He would have shown that he cares, but that did [not] happen.

‘He just sent one of his directors who was affected (emotionally) by the situation as well.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Gordon for comment.

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