I’m a celeb is back on our screens an not without controversy. Jack Maynard was booted out recently due to asking a 14 year old girl to send him naked pics via facebook. Something he has since apologised for and issued a warning to young social media users.
Amir Khan was blasted on social media as he said “men shouldn’t cry”. This was after Iain Lee was left in tears after a trial.
Now Ant McPartlin is in hot water over his latest remarks on the show. [Scroll to bottom for video]
Last night marked the first eviction of this years popular show. The bottom two who were Kezia Dugdale and Shappi Khorsandi but the person to fall foul to that was Shappi Khorsandi. The 44 year old comedian and author was delighted by the news though.
Did Ant just say the crew were paid in Abos?
— Liam Godfrey (@god33321) December 1, 2017
“It messes with your head, it messes with your mood,” the 44-year-old fumed.
The controversy this time though surround Ant and Dec and the potential racial slur they delivered on Friday.
The famous duo were speaking into the camera when they started poking fun at some of the crew after watching the events down in the jungle.
The celebrities have been wearing blue vests to complete some of the tasks in the jungle and Declan Donnelly, 42, decided to make a joke about it.
He turned to the camera and for some reason announced that the jackets were being donated to “underprivileged Australians who suffer terrible working conditions”
The camera then turned to look at members of the production crew wearing the blue jackets they mentioned early and the studio team erupted into enthusiastic laughs.
Troubled Ant McPartlin, 42, then looked to another camera to say – what many viewers agree: “Poor souls. They get paid in Abos”.
This comment didn’t go down well on social media with many angry at the pair for inappropriateness as the term “Abo” is known as a derogatory term for native Australian Aborigines.
“Did [he] just say “they get paid in Abos”? #racist #ImACeleb,” one fan asked on Twitter.
Another raged: “Paid in Abos!! Little racist there #ImACeleb #ImACeleb2017 #ImACelebrity.”
One of the Twitter users took her anger to the official I’m A Celeb twitter account, writing: “is it NOT ok to say “Poor souls, they get paid in abos” FYI, ‘ Abo’ is a racial slur that has been used in the past and still used TODAY to degrade Aboriginal people, you know the Indigenous people of the land where you film your show @imacelebrity”.
People have stuck up for him though saying he was misunderstood stating he said the crew are paid in “eyeballs” or “avos” (referring to avocados).
A spokesperson for the show confirmed Ant was not being racist, insisting: “he said ‘avos’ which is a way to describe avocados,” urging viewers to : “listen/watch the footage again and you’ll clearly hear him say ‘avos’.”
Was it a simple misunderstanding? Decide or yourselves:
Back to last nights eviction and it was a little bit of a surprise that Khorsandi and not Dugdale was evicted.
Kezia Dugdale defied the odds to stay on the reality television show, when viewers decided to keep the former leader of Scottish Labour in ‘I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!’
Audiences at home watching the hit ITV show, which sees celebs undergoing a series of squeamish trials, backed the leader of the Scottish Labour Party for the Lothians after comedian Shappi Khorsandi was the first voted out of the series.
Amir Khan, Iain Lee and Dennis Wise were all immune to eviction after several of the campmates won immunity keys over the past few days.
The public vote means the vote for the celebrity they wish to see remaining, which gave Kezia a lifeline and avoided having the least amount of votes. With the least amount of votes it meant the 44-year-old Iranian born Shappi Korsandi was sent home.
The comedian who is also an author showed her relief to hosts Ant and Dec that she was voted out of the jungle and would be able to see her kids. She was also happy that she would be able enjoy a few home comforts. She hugged Kezia after the announcement was made.
Recently, people had widely predicted that the scottish politician would be the first celeb to be evicted by the viewers of the show. On Monday, Ladbrokes the bookmakers had offered odds of 3/1 on Dugdale being evicted from the show, but by Thursday, the odds had shortened considerably to just 4/6. She had been written off by many other bookies in her hopes of succeeding in the programme, which airs on ITV.
I hope all of the people who accused Ant of saying 'Abos' are now eating humble pie! He clearly says 'avos' #ImACeleb
— stones_n_sticks (@stones_n_sticks) December 2, 2017
Before last nights eviction, of the big bookmakers had the politician at 150/1 to win the series, the biggest odds of any of the contestants. She entered the contest at late notice along with Iain Lee who is a comedian and broadcaster. Her first appearance only being last Thursday.
She’s been criticised by some fans of the show though, as well as her fellow campmates, for getting too much sleep and struggling to complete her first Bushtucker Trial. In that trial she had to crawl through tanks full of meal worms, crickets, and cockroaches.
According to reports in some papers, the producers of the popular show were left underwhelmed by her appearances. They even based most of her first week around a political theme, with a ‘jungle Prime Minister’ being elected within the camp. Kezia has also been criticised by some of her political peers, who’ve questioned her decision to participate in the show anyway.
Reality star Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo remains the favourite to win.
Did he just say paid in Abos? Or Avos? Can't decide. pic.twitter.com/gCiwSFjlcB
— David Stockerman (@DStockerman) December 2, 2017