Rebekah Vardy is reportedly not very happy with ITV 2’s I’m A Celebrity…Extra Camp! presenter Joe Swash after ‘offensive’ comments were made about her on the show.
With many of us not even thinking twice about the former Eastenders presenter’s choice of words, Rebekah is apparently going to take the matter further; with a source claiming that she is ‘livid’ by the remarks.
Discussing how the campmates had been coping in the camp, Joe simply commented that Rebekah was perhaps a little more involved than some of the other women.
“I don’t feel like – apart from Rebekah Vardy who’s part of the man group – there’s no women in there.” Joe told his fellow presenters. “Proper strong woman to say ‘no, I don’t need two blokes to do this, we’re capable as well’. I’d love to see Jennie do something.”
There doesn’t seem to be any malice in his comments, surely. However, Rebekah isn’t about to let this one slide anytime soon. A source close to Rebekah told The Sun:
“Becky came off the ITV2 show absolutely livid,” the source said. “She was ranting and raving at staff over Joe’s comments. She’s considering making a formal complaint. Becky called him a ‘weasel’.
“She expected Extra Camp to be light-hearted and fun – which it is – but ended up feeling like she had her back to the wall and was cornered and forced to talk about Iain Lee.”
All for the banter, even co-presenter Joel Dommett commented that Becky was the campmate who “ruled the roost” and is also a “top lad”.
However, it seems fans aren’t too keen on backing Rebekah on this occasion after allegations were made that she had been ‘bullying’ fellow campmate Iain Lee. But Becky has since defended any claims made and has stated that Joe allegedly steered her into putting-down the radio broadcaster for publicity purposes.
The source close to Becky claimed that she is set on making a formal complaint to ITV.
Whilst the media may have added to the story slightly, viewers saw Rebekah slam Iain to his face as the pair sat around the campfire: ‘Look at you, you secret game planner, buzzing that you are not going out tomorrow, you’ve got a game plan you have.’ she told him.
She later went in the Bush Telegraph to criticise Iain further: “He is going in there to win and he is playing the sympathy card and he isolates himself from the rest of the camp and then as soon as the cameras are on he wants the limelight.” she remarked.
Weird that Becky vardy mate she’s slagged Iain Lee off all series behind his back and now joe swash made a comment about her to her face she’s grassing him up madness
— Ben Taylor (@BenTaylor1_) December 6, 2017
Fans of the show were quick to jump on Twitter to slate Becky, with many also asking whether her ambassador role for Young Minds UK should be reconsidered.
‘Rebecca Vardy, who can’t understand how anxiety and depression makes someone isolate themselves… is an ambassador of the charity YoungMinds. Right.’ one furious user wrote.
‘@YoungMindsUK I’m disappointed to hear that Becky Vardy is affiliated with your charity, following her behaviour during her time in the jungle.’ another added.
Whilst another angry viewer commented: ‘An advocate of MH? Bullying in prime TV! Maybe time to look for a better role model?’
A few other Tweeters also wrote:
‘@YoungMindsUK appalling that you would have an ambassador like Rebecca Vardy after her treatment of Iain Lee and comments about him last night.’
‘I hope that @YoungMindsUK reconsider their decision to use @RebekahVardy as an ambassador for mental health after she displayed that insensitive, demeaning attitude towards Iain regarding his anxiety today.’
Appearing on Good Morning Britain yesterday morning after her eviction, Rebekah spoke to presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan about the alleged bullying claims, in which she stated that her comments had been ‘taken out of context’.
The mum-of-four said: “I was under pressure when I made that comment about him being an utter fake. Do you know what? Me and Iain had some really great conversations and I gave him a lot of pep talks. We actually presented him with something, and I’m not going to tell you what. It was for his courage and his bravery for doing something that he did, confronting one of his most painful fears.
“It was a medal. It was a special homemade medal. It was a ‘as hard as nails’ medal and we wanted him to know that we were so proud of him for doing what he did.
“In all honesty there isn’t anyone I didn’t get on with contrary to what everyone said.” she added. “There was no dramas, there was no aggravations we all got on really well which I think the public didn’t like.”
She also went on to talk about her feelings when seeing her children for the first time after leaving the camp: “I saw the kids as well, it was amazing. And they’ve been in my ears, Taylor in one, Megs in the other.” she told the presenters. “It’s been so nice seeing them. I was ready to go if I’m honest. I would have liked to have stayed in but it wasn’t my decision.”
Speaking on Extra Camp, Rebekah went on to discuss her troubled relationship with Iain: “[Iain] was on the reasons I didn’t sleep. It upset me that I have been portrayed as a bully. If he felt down I would try and pick him up. It’s been blown out of proportion.”
The WAG denied the bullying accusations once again and said that the radio DJ was her “dream campmate”.
According to The Sun, Rebekah is said to be ‘devastated’ by the public’s perception of her and furious with ITV for failing to show a large proportion of her scenes with Iain. (Most likely the friendlier clips, that is!)
During an interview following her exit, she told the newspaper: ” I cried when I found out. It seems that so many scenes weren’t aired on the show. The whole time I was checking if he (Iain) was OK, especially after he failed his first trial. He wouldn’t eat and I had to force him to have food” she said.
“I questioned whether he was playing a game as I didn’t understand how he could go from being so withdrawn and quiet to being loud and boisterous the minute the camera was on him.”