Twitter users accuse Duncan Bannatyne of using Terry Wogan’s death to advertise his gyms

'Dragons' Den' star denied the claims

Former Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne has been criticised for Twitter usees claiming he used the death of Sir Terry Wogan to advertise his chain of gyms.

Scottish entrepreneur Bannatyne, best known for appearing in BBC entrepreneurial show Dragons’ Den from 2005 to 2015, owns a number of gyms, health clubs and spas around the UK.

Following the news of Wogan’s death following a short battle with cancer on Sunday morning, Bannatyne paid tribute to the much-loved broadcaster with a tweet, saying: “RIP Terry Wogan. A great entertainer. In regards to legends dying it was certainly a terrible month.”

However, soon after, he retweeted a now-deleted reply from one of his followers that read: “all the more reason to stay in shape #getfit #stayhealthy #diet #gym #livelife”, captioning the retweet with the words: “Very true”.

He later retweeted a promotional message from his gym chain Bannatyne Group’s Twitter account. See below.


A number of Twitter users and news outlets have accused Bannatyne of using Wogan’s death to promote his gyms.

One Twitter user wrote: “He died of cancer – not lack of fitness. Poor time for a plug”. Another added: “Yes, because staying fit can cure cancer, right? Tactless.”

Bannatyne has since denied the allegations, attributing the claims to “just a lying journalist using Sir Terry Wogan death to make up a story”.

Following the news of Wogan’s death, the likes of Kylie Minogue, David Cameron and Ricky Gervais paid tribute to the late star.