Published Wednesday, 06 June 2012
Kay, who covered the singer's hit Is This The Way To Amarillo for a charity single in 2005, took to the stage outside Buckingham Palace in London on Monday night and took a swipe at Christie's credibility, suggesting he now only performs at holiday camps.
The funnyman introduced Sir Paul McCartney by asking revellers at the concert who they thought was next, prompting one audience member to call out Christie's name.
Kay retorted: "Tony Christie? It's not happy hour at Center Parcs."
Now the veteran crooner has responded, telling of his disappointment in Kay and the hurt he felt as a result of the mockery.
Christie tells the Daily Mail: "I don't know what I've done to Peter Kay to deserve this.
"I can't understand why he'd disrespect a fellow artist on such a beautiful and auspicious occasion. My grandchildren were watching and they were hurt. The phone hasn't stopped ringing with family, friends and other entertainers wondering why he would be so cruel."
The star's son and manager, Sean, adds: "My father is an internationally respected artist who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. He's never sang at Center Parcs. His next performance will be in St Petersburg for Russian President Vladimir Putin."