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Ofcom Has Received 630 Complaints About I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Ofcom Has Received 630 Complaints About I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

TV regulator Ofcom has confirmed that it has received 630 complaints about I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! during this series, which doesn't even finish until Sunday (8 December).

Ofcom - the official regulatory body regarding what is and isn't fine to broadcast - said many of the complaints made so far are about 'perceived bullying'.

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The show is no stranger to controversy. Animal welfare activists often take issue with the fact that they use live insects and other creatures as part of the Bushtucker Trials that are staged nightly.

Perhaps they've got a point, but - then again - it is quite amusing to see vacuous celebrities chowing down on spiders and witchetty grubs.

James Haskell has received the most complaints. Credit: ITV
James Haskell has received the most complaints. Credit: ITV

Complaints have also been made about the length of some of the trials. Apparently the powers that be at I'm a Celeb have been stingy with the amount of time the contestants are allowed.

Or, and here's a thought, the public want more time dedicated to crunching creepy crawlies.

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Anyway, this year, James Haskell's comments about Ian Wright having a 'club foot' - despite Wrighty having enjoyed a lengthy career as a professional footballer and definitely not having a club foot - have riled folks the most.

That received 119 complaints in all, with 'perceived bullying' from various contestants following closely behind with 107 outraged viewers.

Haskell's comments caused 119 people to complain. Credit: ITV
Haskell's comments caused 119 people to complain. Credit: ITV

Amazingly, 72 people complained about the length of trials - that's even more than those who complained about animal welfare.

Seriously, submitting a complaint to Ofcom about the amount of time Ian Wright has to munch down a dingo testicle?

Anyway, people were bent out of shape after Haskell mocked Wright's running style, saying: "He's completely lost the plot" and "Look at that club foot."

As we've established, that didn't go down too well, particularly with clubfoot charity Steps UK, who said that his comments - as well as being insensitive - could encourage bullying.

Haskell made the comments about fellow camper Ian Wright. Credit: ITV
Haskell made the comments about fellow camper Ian Wright. Credit: ITV

The charity said: "It is unfortunate to see, despite the great progress that has been made in the UK, that people still reference disabilities in jokes.

"We are certain that James Haskell's comment was not meant to cause any offence, however he was live on national television and was being watched by many individuals that live with a disability.

"We advise James Haskell to consider his comments carefully, as he is seen by many as a role model.

"As a result, his actions might be perceived to legitimise these type of comments, and ultimately bullying and discrimination."

Haskell has since apologised upon emerging from the jungle.

The show continues on ITV each night until Sunday at 9pm.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: I'm a celebrity, uk news, TV and Film, UK Entertainment, Weird

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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