Alison Roman Apologizes to Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo for 'Stupid, Careless and Insensitive' Remarks

Food-writer Alison Roman has apologised to Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo after she accused the two celebrities of taking advantage of their fame to sell products.

"I used their names disparagingly to try and distinguish myself, which I absolutely do not have an excuse for," Roman wrote in a statement shared to Twitter on Monday. "It was stupid, careless and insensitive."

"I need to learn, and respect, the difference between being unfiltered and honest vs. being uneducated and flippant," she continued. "The burden is not on them (or anyone else) to teach me, and I'm deeply sorry that my learning came at Chrissy and Marie's expense."

Roman also noted that she was embarrassed that she couldn't express herself without tearing others down. "My comments were rooted in my own insecurity," she added. "My inability to appreciate my own success without comparing myself to and knocking down others—in this case two accomplished women—is something I recognize I most definitely struggle with, and am working to fix."

I’ve thought a lot this weekend about my interview and the things I said. I know this is a lengthy note (succinctness has never been my strong suit). I appreciate you taking the time to read.

— alison roman (@alisoneroman) May 11, 2020

In an interview with New Consumer, republished Thursday, Roman criticized Kondo's homeware range and called the lifestyle guru a sell-out. "I'm like, damn, b****, you f****** just sold out immediately!" she said, before then announcing that she was "horrified" by Teigen's cookware range and Instagram account.

"Like, what Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook," Roman said. "And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it's just, like, people running a content farm for her."

Teigen responded to Roman on Twitter, saying the criticism hit her hard and she hasn't ever "been so bummed out by the words of a fellow food-lover." "I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social [media] and praised her in interviews," Teigen added. "I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article."

Although Roman later tweeted Teigen a sincere apology, the former Sports Illustrated model didn't appear to accept it. Teigen bluntly suggested the two unfollow each other on Twitter and locked down her account on May 10.

"I really hate what this drama has caused this week," Teigen tweeted. "Calling my kids Petri dish babies or making up flight manifests with my name on them to 'Epstein island', to justify someone else's disdain with me seems gross to me so I'm gonna take a little break."

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Chrissy Teigen attends the LA Premiere of Netflix's "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" at ArcLight Hollywood on September 16, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty