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Update: A rep for Gordon Ramsey tells E! News that comments made about spying on his daughter were "completely misinterpreted and taken out of context." According to the rep, "It was nothing more than a joke he made up on the show to poke fun and embarrass Megan who was sitting in the audience with her boyfriend. He's never actually asked his son to do this!"
Talk about helicopter parenting! Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is so overprotective of his eldest daughter that he's jokingly considered bugging her room with a hidden camera, the Hell's Kitchen star said on the U.K.'s Jonathan Ross Show.
Gordon, 46, and his wife Tana, 38, have four children from their 16-year marriage: Megan, 15, twins Jack and Holly, 13, and Matilda, 11. The TV star's daughter attended the talk show taping with her boyfriend, and he used the opportunity to tease her. "They've been spending a lot of time in her room recently," Gordon said. "But revising. Revising. They seem to be spending a lot of time revising and yet the results aren't..."
The restaurateur then joked about spying on his firstborn. "I've been a bit naughty over the last couple of weeks because I got Jack a little Go-Pro, one of those little secret cameras," he shared. "So I said to him, ‘Look mate, here's 20 quid, go and target your big sister's room and put that camera right at the top left-hand side of the wardrobe.' So, Megan, I'd like to talk to you about your revising."
No word yet on how Megan feels about her father wanting to snoop in her room. Judging by a recent twitpic, however, the two seem to be on good terms. On Thursday, Oct. 17, Gordon tweeted a picture from the Union Street Café, which appears to be undergoing renovations. "Megan & I inspecting the next day MESS @unionstreetcafe OMG," he captioned.
Gordon keeps a watchful eye on all his children, particularly the sisters. "With three girls it's difficult now. I am absolutely crapping myself," he was previously quoted as telling The Daily Star earlier this year. "My son said, 'Daddy, Megan had a friend around yesterday called Alex, but it wasn't a girl, it was a guy.' I said, 'Jack, get me his cell number now.' So he sneaks to Megan's room, and two minutes later I'm on my cell."
The famous foodie added, "Can you imagine that poor guy? But that's one less hand that's going to be crawling all over her."
(Originally published on Oct. 18, 2013 at 4:56 a.m. PDT)