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Kirstie Allsopp and Sky presenter Kay Burley embroiled in Twitter feud over George Michael's death

Sharnaz Shahid

Kirstie Allsopp and Sky presenter Kay Burley got caught up in a surprising Twitter spat over media coverage of George Michael's death. The Location, Location, Location host started the conversation when she spoke out against Sky's reporting of the music icon's death. ".@SkyNews reporting of George Michael's death is appalling," she tweeted. "Far more focus on the 'scandal' than the music."

Broadcaster Kay was not impressed with the insult and hit back, standing up for her media organisation. "Oh do shut up Kirstie," she retorted. Bubbly TV presenter Kirstie did not do anything of the sort: "Clearly a professional journalist, who takes critiscism well," [sic] she responded.

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Kirstie Allsopp (pictured) and Kay Burley got caught up in a surprising Twitter spat

Defending her accusations, she then added: "I didn't like Sky's coverage of something, Kay Burley chose to take this personally & publicly tell me to 'shut up'. I cannot imagine Cathy Newman, Huw Edwards, Alistair Stewart or Sophie Raworth doing similar. We should all be allowed to express our opinion without fear of rudeness or Twitter trolls, no one gets to broadcast without criticism," she added.

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"Oh do shut up Kirstie," retorted Kay

George's publicist announced the news that the singer had passed away aged 53 on Christmas Day. In a statement to HELLO!, he wrote: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."

George sold more than 100 million albums throughout his career which spanned almost four decades. His song Last Christmas was one of his former band's most well-known classic hits, and a special part of the festive seasons for millions around the world.