So, I’m A Celeb Has Now Received Over 700 Ofcom Complaints

200 people complained over the second episode alone.

 

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It’s been almost a couple of weeks since the 20th season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! aired on our screens. Since then, we’ve been treated to distraught and hungry celebs, plenty of trials, and of course, Ant and Dec enjoying every minute.

But since the first episode of the 20th season, I’m A Celeb has received 724 Ofcom complaints, with 200 complaints about the second episode alone.

While Ofcom has yet to confirm exactly what the complaints are about, the main concerns are about animal welfare and the rumours that the celebs get to practice the trials before they’re aired.

The RSPCA recently released a statement about the treatment of animals on the show, saying, “Since I’m a Celebrity was first aired, animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences. There have also been incidents where animals have been killed for no other purpose than entertainment.”

 

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Responding to this, a spokesperson for the show explained, “I’m a Celebrity complies with animal welfare law concerning the use of animals and we are proud of our exemplary production practices. We have a long working relationship with the RSPCA in New South Wales, Australia and as such contacted their counterparts some months ago when we knew that the programme would be made in the UK, with a view to working collaboratively with them.”

Regarding the 200 complaints about the second episode, it seems to be down to Jordan’s reaction to the abseiling (the puking incident) and animal welfare.

“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,” an Ofcom spokesperson said.

Despite the number of complaints, a record number of people tuned in to see the latest season of I’m a Celeb, with a whopping 12 million viewers tuning in to see the first episode.

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