James Haskell Addresses I’m A Celebrity ‘Bullying’ Claims
James Haskell is the fourth person to be booted out of this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, having left the jungle last night.
No longer in the bubble of camp life, Haskell's now been able to see what everyone on the outside world's been saying about him - which, as you may have noticed, hasn't exactly been positive stuff.
In an interview on This Morning today, Haskell was able to address the controversies that he's faced, having denied that he was being a 'bully', as many viewers have claimed.
Haskell, who was initially a favourite to be crowned Jungle King, has since been called out for losing his temper with his fellow contestants - having also branded the camp a 'circus of stupidity'.
Speaking via satellite to presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby alongside wife Chloe Madeley, Haskell said: "When you're in the jungle I think you've got to appreciate you've got 12 people from different walks of life, 12 people who have different standards and how they want to operate.
"Obviously, I went into that jungle with one idea and one idea only, which was to have fun and to challenge myself. I wasn't aware before I went in that there was a King and Queen of the jungle, I didn't know about that competitive element.
"And the one thing I didn't want to do was, I am a big guy - 6 foot 3 inches, 19-odd stone - I didn't want to ever like try to take a leader role on.
"I didn't want to do that and I wanted everyone to have an equal say and opportunity, but I've been around team sports my entire life and sometimes debating stuff you can't debate is slightly frustrating."
Haskell argued that the jungle environment on the show can sometimes mean things come across differently than they would in the 'normal world'.
He continued: "Sometimes you have to make a decision, sometimes you have to go forward, and sometimes you've got to do what's the greater good for everyone.
"I was hungry, we found 21 bags of beans we hadn't eaten, the entire camp was starving.
"In the normal world it would be difference of opinions, but in the jungle environment when you say things and it's put out in a certain way, it can seem more than it was."
Haskell added: "I always try to do what's best for everybody. I ended up taking on a leader role, not intentionally but sometimes you've got to make tough decisions.
"It was absolutely nothing and I just think it's a shame that it came across as anything else."
Haskell's wife, Chloe Madeley, also defended him during his time on the show, sharing a picture of him on Instagram and writing: "Looking at this face breaks my heart. Why's he so aggy? Because he's starving. Hungry = angry... hence hangry."
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