No-one likes a bully, during last night’s episode of I’m A Celeb, viewers didn’t know which way to turn when boxer Amir Khan had a bit of aggressive ‘banter’ with radio DJ Iain Lee. Was it simply all in good fun, or just a step too far?
Iain has been at the forefront of verbal abuse from many of his fellow campmates, including former England player Dennis Wise and WAG Rebekah Vardy.
After Stanley Johnson’s shock elimination from the camp, Iain was left feeling slightly down-in-the-dumps, so Amir thought he’d step in to lighten the mood a little.
Instead of having a heart-to-heart, Amir randomly told Iain that he wasn’t liked by his new companions when first entering the jungle. Hmmm, that comment was bound to have lifted his spirits…
Iain stated that he had felt ‘privileged’ to spend a great deal of time with Stanley, before Amir brutally said: “On a serious note, when you came in you did f*** a lot of things up.”
Unaware of how to respond, Iain sarcastically commented: “Thanks Amir. That was my choice, you’re right”, referring to the way in which he was given the role of camp leader at the time.
However, Amir didn’t stop there and continued to say that his attitude had initially caused rifts amongst the camp: “Remember you came in and you bossed us all around, you split the camp up? Your attitude as well, you killed us, do this, do that”.
Iain looked seemingly distressed by the comments and upon noticing the reaction, Amir sat beside him and apologised. Fellow campmate Dennis, on the other hand, told Iain that Amir was simply “joking”.
Responding to Dennis, Iain said: “Yeah, I know, I’m not finding it very funny.”
Amir then aimed to make light of his initial comment, by telling him: “I think you could win it, you know when a guy goes from bad to good.”
But, Iain found it hard to deal with what he had heard and made his way to the Bush Telegraph to have a moment alone. He told the camera: “Amir was being an a**hole. Just prodding me and making all these jokes. It wasn’t funny, it made me feel uncomfortable.”
On a later part of the show, Amir also made his way to the Bush Telegraph and defended the nature of his comments, saying: “What Iain was doing was giving all this to everyone which was making me look small so I like to remind him what he was like.”
However, fans of the show were far from impressed with Amir’s behaviour and took to Twitter to blast the boxing champion:
“Dennis and Amir are such bullies like Iain is the most genuine in the camp” one user said.
“I don’t know how Amir can say anything when he would fail the trial from screaming” another added.
Another user agreed “Ugh I really don’t like Amir. I swear Ian hasn’t done anything wrong, am I missing something?”
Before a few others commented: “I cannot stand the way Amir, Dennis and Jamie treat Iain, it’s not “banter” it’s classic bullying and I cannot understand why the girls aren’t sticking up for him”
“Really can’t stand Dennis, amir and Jamie. They don’t even realise it’s THEM that’s causing the problems, not Iain!”
“I’m finding it really hard to watch @imacelebrity tonight without getting really angry at Dennis, Jamie and especially Amir. All three of them are bullies!”
Yesterday, ITV bosses were concerned about Dennis’ behaviour and threatened to remove the star from the jungle for his continuous urge to slam the radio DJ. However, fans got their way first and were thrilled when Ant and Dec delivered the news that Dennis was the latest celeb to be booted off the show, due to lack of public votes.
Many claimed that his premature exit was ‘karma’ for the way in which he had treated Iain throughout the show.
One user wrote on Twitter: “Dennis Wise. Goodbye. The tiny little man. Has gone. Good. He was mean to Iain.”
Another added: “1 down 2 to go…. the bullies are getting out the jungle!!!!”
“So happy Dennis is leaving!” another happy viewer commented.
“Thank goodness he’s gone..just his 2 horrible side kick minions to go now..I have to say “I’ve always enjoyed I’m a celeb every year, but this has been the worst one ever.and that is down to the Dennis, Jamie and Amir on the show..they don’t deserve to get paid!!!” another added.
After hearing the news about the bullying accusations, Dennis admits that he was deeply ‘shocked’ and aims to make-up with Iain following his exit from the jungle.
The 50-year-old also added that as an apology for his behaviour, he is going to treat Iain and his family with a set of tickets to watch a Chelsea game.
Talking to Susanna Reid and co-host Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain this morning, Dennis said: “I was shocked to be honest when I actually saw all that”.
“I’ve got to get tickets for Iain and his two kids, they’re going to go to Chelsea football club.”
Dennis even went as far as to say that he will be visiting Iain’s mum in her care home.
“I’m also going to see him when he’s at his mother’s care home” he went on. “Then there’s a place called Wildwood where I’m going to meet him and have some dinner with him.”
‘I’m a little shocked with what’s happened. We’ve got on very well and it’s really interesting because I think ITV wouldn’t allow [bullying] anyway. It’s something I don’t think they’d ever allow.”
Rebekah Vardy who was also recently evicted from the show has also denied bullying claims towards Iain. Appearing on GMB earlier in the week, she admitted she was ‘devastated’ by the accusations: “I don’t have a problem with him. There’s no issues. There’s no divides in the camp.” she said.
“I was the one, who if he was feeling down, tried to pick him up. It’s just so bent out of context, massively blown out of proportion.”