Ofcom Receives 32 I’m A Celebrity Complaints Over 'Bully' James Haskell's Behaviour
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! contestant James Haskell has found himself at the centre of yet more drama from viewer complaints, following an outburst during Saturday evening's show when he branded his campmates 'stupid'.
Ofcom confirmed to LADbible that there have been 32 complaints made about Haskell's behaviour over the course of the weekend's two shows - just days after people complained about his comments mocking people with clubfoot.
In the programme, Haskell became irritated when he and the other celebrities were trying to decide who would take part in the next Bushtucker Trial.
Former EastEnders actor Cliff Parisi was up for it and put himself forward, but Haskell argued that names should be drawn out of a hat.
After presenter Kate Garraway reminded him that Parisi wanted to do it, Haskell hit back: "We are all really clear that Cliff's doing it but it's about showcasing yourself or whatever, is for us to do that.''
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Parisi said: "I'm quite happy to be in all week and do a trial."
But Haskell interrupted him, saying: "Yeah we can all do that - that's the point, it's for us to make sure that everyone gets a fair shot to do it."
When some campmates said they didn't want to put themselves forward for the trial, he added: "I don't think you need a PhD in construction to be able to do it, if they said Spider Highway, you wouldn't need to know about cars to do it."
When Andrew Maxwell asked Haskell he was OK as he seemed 'really edgy', Haskell replied: "It's just that unnecessary debate when people don't listen. I don't have to listen to people's incessant stupidity going round, I can't abide over talkers and dawdlers."
A similar issue arose when the Dingo Dollar Challenge came up, asking the camp: "What percentage of adults think that a 'stiff upper lip' is generally a good thing? A - 37% or B - 57%."
As the contestants started to consider the question, Haskell seized the reins and told them to vote on it - prompting them to ask him what the rush was.
Garraway told him: "James, we've got nothing else to do, it's OK."
Later, when Haskell bumped into Maxwell, he said: "It irritates the p*** out of me because it's that simple. Explain the question, answer the question A or B.
"It's a circus of stupidity. I can't do it, I'm too intelligent and too switched on, just put your hands right up, let someone count them, right the majority win, shut up and let's move on."
As well as complaining to Ofcom, many viewers took to Twitter to slam Haskell's comments.
One fan tweeted: "I'm sorry but James Haskell is a nasty piece of work and a bully."
Another agreed, writing: "James is an actual bully. He needs to be removed from the jungle as a point that it's not okay to treat people the way he is! Such a bad representation for young rugby fans and sadly making rugby-player stereotypes worse. Awful person."
LADbible has contacted ITV for comment.
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