In a conversation played out over social media platform Twitter, Bannatyne responded to a message from Rocco Rose saying that he’d asked for an idea for a business plan as he liked buying and selling by stating: “I know you did & I ignored you. Who do you think you are?”
Bennatyne, who has 771,000 followers on Twitter and recently finished a stint on ITV reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, shot down the young entrepreneur who said that he looked up to him and simply wanted to grow up like him.
Rose’s father, Jason, then weighed in by challenging him to a boxing match to “sort this out” and stated: “No wonder you ended up in prison Duncan, Your a joke a bully a very arrogant man you forget we’re you came (sic).”
Bennatyne was on the first 12 seasons of popular BBC investment show Dragons’ Den, before leaving earlier in the year to focus on business interests. He frequently becomes involved in conversations with followers on Twitter, and appears to have taken personally to what he perceived as an aggressive tone from Rose.
Support could be found from a number of Bannatyne’s fans, with @norfolk_BULL saying: “@DuncanBannatyne takes time out daily to chat to people on here and just seems to get abuse from #KeyboardWarriors non stop, strange lot!! (sic).”
In an interview with the MailOnline, Rose revealed why he was devastated with his hero’s response, and said: “I think he thought that I was being rude by saying ‘hey’, but I was just saying ‘hello’. I was really excited to get a reply but then really disappointed with what it said.
“He replied and said he couldn’t help but told me to keep it up. That gave me so much inspiration. I think he’s great – I’ve watched his documentaries and followed him on Dragons’ Den and in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”
Bannatyne tweeted that what has happened will be taken out of context by commenting: “A recent story sold about me will be exaggerated, twisted & not properly explained. Think what you like though if you will.”
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