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Michael didn't mean to insult us, says Limerick's Lady Celia

LIMERICK'S queen of glam Celia Holman Lee has urged forgiveness over Michael O'Doherty's controversial Come Dine With Me comments.

The model boss says people should now forgive and forget the remarks about her home city which were made in the heat of the moment.

She told the Herald: "We are big enough and strong enough to accept when someone makes some remarks in the heat of the situation, to forgive."

This comes after a Limerick barrister, Brendan Nix, made a formal complaint to TV3 about the show and Michael O'Doherty's comments. The remarks were made on the night that Michael cooked dinner. He was apparently disgusted when Limerick model Madeline Mulqueen smothered her lobster starter in tomato ketchup. "That's the grossest thing I've seen since the last time I was in Limerick," he said.

Herald columnist MOD has since apologised for any offence caused.

Celia is used to Michael's controversial ways.

"You know Michael, what comes into his head comes straight out. He's well able to say what he feels and what he thinks but I personally don't think that he meant it in the way that it came out."

Holman Lee, who is now a familiar face on Irish television, was also quick to acknowledge that MOD had given her a chance when she was relatively unknown in the capital at the very first VIP style awards back in 2001.