I’m a Celeb slapped with Ofcom complaints as viewers horrified by ‘sick trials’
I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has been hit by a number of Ofcom complaints regarding Wednesday night's episode, which saw the arrival of two new campmates – Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall – on the show.
The watchdog confirmed 38 angry Brits had contacted Ofcom to complain about last night's episode, though the specifics of the complaints have yet to be revealed.
Moments after arriving in the Welsh castle, opera singer Russell and West End star Ruthie were put to the test, enduring the "Laughing Stock" trial.
As Ant and Dec read out a number of jokes, Russell was forced to dunk his face into a barrel of fish guts, while a pipe spewed maggots and mealworms all over Ruthie's face.
Watching from home, a number of viewers took to social media to brand the trial as "sick," with one writing: "Ok there’s no way I would go near the maggots."
"Catching up on #imaceleb and I feel sick watching Russel dive into the maggots and mealworms," wrote a second.
And a third penned: "Urgh that's disgusting."
On Sunday night, the launch episode received 79 complaints after Jordan North puked up his breakfast on the side of a cliff-edge.
Aside from puke-gate, in which the BBC Radio 1 DJ chucked up his breakfast bagel before the cameras, viewers were similarly infuriated by the treatment of the creepy crawlies on the show.
At the time, the watchdog said: "Ofcom has received a total of 79 complaints for last night's I'm a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here! of which 37 related to scenes of Jordan vomiting and 18 related to non-specific animal welfare."
Monday night saw another flood of furious phone calls, as Ofcom's total was recorded as 117 official complaints.
Adding to the drama, Tuesday night's stomach-churning eating trial hit a bum note with certain viewers, as Vernon Kay, Beverley Callard and Jordan struggled to swallow their meals.
Slurping a bowl of fermented catfish broth and struggling to keep down a deer's testicle, the revolting meal made for difficult viewing for many.
Yesterday, it was confirmed the show had received 426 complaints from ITV viewers, as the drama heats up in Gwrych Castle in North Wales.
I'm A Celebrity airs on weekdays at 9pm on ITV.
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