Matt Hancock’s presence I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! has triggered 1,968 Ofcom complaints – but for two very different reasons.
Broadcasting regulators received the complaints between Tuesday 8 November (the day Hancock arrived) and Monday 14 November.
The majority of complainants, around 1,100, only complained about the fact that the former health minister appeared on the show. Other viewers expressed concerns about how the MP is being treated by the other candidates.
A statement from Ofcom said: “It is important to be aware that under our rules in principle – and respecting freedom of expression – it does not ban any specific person from participating in programmes.
“However, if the mere presence of a person is likely to cause offense, we would expect broadcasters to take action to mitigate or justify that violation.
“How they do it editorially is up to them.”
The Independent has reached out to ITV for comment.
Hancock’s arrival on the show was met with mixed reactions from his celebrity housemates, with Boy George weeping on camera and Charlene White chiding the politician over his decision to desert his Suffolk constituents.
At one point during the series, Hancock was questioned by his housemates for violating his own coronavirus social distancing guidelines during the pandemic. He was caught on camera in his ministerial office hugging his assistant (and now girlfriend) Gina Coladangelo.
Olivia Attwood, who became the first star to exit after being forced out of the competition less than 24 hours after entering the jungle due to a medical issue, said of Hancock after she left: “It’s funny, him with slime seen and made up, but it’s not funny when you couldn’t hold someone’s hand when they died while making out with someone in their office.”
Since Hancock joined the show, the public has voted for him to perform the majority of the trials – one food challenge had him face a camel’s penis, a sheep’s vagina and a cow’s anus, while another mission at 30 Snakes locked in a coffin.
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