‘I’m A Celeb’ Flooded With Ofcom Complaints Over ‘Disgusting’ James Haskell Disability Comment

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in News, UK
Published 29.11.19
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It’s fair to say that James Haskell has been a polarising character in this year’s ‘I’m A Celeb’ jungle.

It recently emerged he’d videoed his old schoolmate having sex with a teen, while his actions in camp haven’t exactly done hims any favours either.

Just a few days ago, the former rugby player appeared to snap when soap star Andy Whyment quizzed the others about their roast dinner. Some even went as far to say it was bullying.

Nine out of twelve celebrities won roast dinners over the weekend after completing Bushtucker Trials, with Andy missing out alongside Ian Wright and Cliff Parisi.

Did you get orange juice?” Andy asked.

Nine out of twelve celebrities won roast dinners over the weekend after completing Bushtucker Trials, with Andy missing out alongside Ian Wright and Cliff Parisi

“Did you get orange juice?” Andy asked.

Turning to the other campmates, James said: “I’ve literally heard him ask 20 times, I wouldn’t have asked because I can’t have it.

“It doesn’t matter if the whole building was made out of chocolate.”

And now, his comments about a ‘clubfoot’ have enraged viewers even further, with Metro reporting that Ofcom received 78 complaints about his words.

ITV viewers were left furious when James appeared to mock the disability during a chat with Ian Wright. He could be seen making fun of the former Arsenal footballer for his decision to run through the campsite. ‘He’s completely lost the plot,’ he could be heard saying. ‘Look at that clubfoot.

‘Go on then, expend that energy.’

Many fans deemed the comments ‘unacceptable’ with Ofcom confirming to Metro that the complaints had risen from 14 to 78 in a matter of hours.

People flocked to Twitter to vent their disgust.

Clearly James has been rubbing people up the wrong way, which Dec and Extra Camp host Adam Thomas recently addressed.

Discussing the scene with Andy, Adam said:

‘I don’t like the little dig James Haskell made about the Corrie shout, and it’s like well James played for England so it’s like the whole of England is voting for you, and that’s not the case.’

Dec agreed, explaining Andy’s new position was ‘bothering’ James.

‘It’s already bothering James because he mentioned to us at the trial,’ he said.

‘I don’t think they showed it tonight because before a trial we ask them, “why do you think you’re here?” and he responded with “I think I shouldn’t have taken on somebody from Corrie as I told Andy to stop talking about the food so I have learned not to take on someone from Corrie”.’

Ant added:

‘I think you’re thinking about it too much’.

Either way, perhaps his comments were a little insensitive.

Think next time you speak, Jim.

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