Antony Worrall Thompson thanks fans
Disgraced chef Antony Worrall Thompson says he is overwhelmed by support from fans after he was caught shoplifting.
Antony Worrall Thompson has thanked fans for their support.
The 'Ready Steady Cook' star - who was given a formal caution by police for stealing cheese and wine on five separate occasions in 16 days from a Tesco store in Henley, Oxfordshire - said he has been inundated with messages on his website.
He told the Daily Express: "We had 25,000 messages of support from my website yesterday and loads more have been left on both my phone and my wife's - so much so that my phone's broken now.
"It's extraordinary and unwarranted. I expected people to condemn me but about nine out of 10 messages are sympathetic which I find incredible and heart-warming."
Antony also revealed he and his wife Jay will see a therapist together to help him deal with his issues.
He said: "I'm seeing someone with my wife Jay, and I'll see what comes from the first session. I'm sure there will be other sessions to go to afterwards or other people that I should see.
"This is only the first step but I want to address the problem thoroughly. I'm sure the reason I've done this is my head but I don't know how to open it up.
"I need to see if there's an explanation that I don't know about. The psychoanalyst I'm seeing has been recommended by a friend and I know he has 35 years experience in solving issues of the mind."