This year’s series of I’m A Celebrity has finally come to an end, and after all the drama in and out of the jungle during this year’s series, there is finally a chance to feel the lighter side of the show, as viewers at home were left in hysterics at the massive height difference between Iain Lee and show host Declan Donnelly during last night’s final.
The talkRADIO presenter finished in third place, as George “Toff” Toffolo eventually went on to be crowned Queen of the Jungle with Jamie Lomas – who has been caught up in the latest bullying row – coming in as the runner up.
But one thing that fans at home who were watching couldn’t stop talking about the hilarious height difference between Declan Donnelly and Iain Lee.
As the presenter, 44, made his way up to the studio to chat to show hosts Ant and Dec about his time on the show – which has, in fairness, seen its fair share of controversy – viewers couldn’t help but notice just how much he towered over 42 year old Dec.
And it’s no wonder that there was such a difference in height, given that Iain stands at a pretty lofty 6ft 3in, while Dec is a more modest 5ft 6in. Although Dec shouldn’t feel self conscious about it, given that the national average when it comes to the height of men in Britain is only 5ft 9in.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Still can’t get over seeing Iain Lee looking down on Dec tonight and completely over towering him.”
Another added: “Dec looks like a mini person next to Iain” and a third agreed, writing: “Iain next to dec is literally like the BFG.”
A fourth compared it to something out of Lord of the Rings, writing: “Iain Lee looks like Gandalf with the hobbits next to Ant and Dec! I bet we don’t hear any height jokes from Dec now!! #ImACeleb2017 #averysmallman”.
There was a running joke throughout the show which saw host Declan Donnelly make light of the height of former footballer Dennis Wise, often calling him a “very small man”. But the height difference between Iain and Dec only highlighted the irony in the jokes, to the point that Ant McPartlin proved that Dennis is in fact a little bit taller than Dec when he came out of the jungle.
One viewer wrote of the irony: “Iain Lee made Dec look like #AVerySmallMan @antanddec” while another wrote: “Dec’s a very SMALL man compared to Iain @denniswise.”
Others took to sharing screenshots of the moment they shook hands to continue the hilarity.
One fan of the show wrote: “The height difference between iain and dec….i am DONE”.
Another tweeted: “@antanddec I’m sorry but Dec you are like a Borrower beside Iain & Jamie!! #valleyofthegiants A very cute small man!!!”
But that was, unfortunately, pretty much the only small ray of light-heartedness in an otherwise controversial and unsettling series at times. And as time as gone on, the accusations of bullying, and the reactions of the viewers at home, have only intensified.
And even now that she show is over, the bullying row still rages on, as several campmates “could face jail” over their controversial behaviour during their time on I’m A Celebrity.
Fans have been raging for months now (and the final vote didn’t do anybody any favours in this regard), and have all shared their outrage online on social media about contestants Amir Khan, Jamie Lomas and Dennis Wise allegedly bullying fellow campmate Iain Lee.
Over the past week, it appears as though at various points during their time in the jungle that the trio have ganged up on Lee, as they made nasty comment after nasty comment towards the radio DJ that left him visibly upset in a number of unsettling scenes – scenes that have both disturbed and outraged viewers.
These bullying accusations are only made more serious, when one takes into account Iain’s history of mental health issues.
And now, an anti-bullying charity has claimed that if the trio’s behaviour had of taken place online, then their actions could have led to a prison sentence.
Recently, former football ace Dennis Wise could be seen telling Iain that he had a “problem” with the radio DJ doing a challenge as the they could not risk the I’m A Celebrity camp mates going hungry should he fail to get the stars required.
The former England player said: “Well Iain, the problem is you’ve gone a couple of times and you’ve come back with nothing, so that causes me a slight issue.
“My only problem – and I’ll be honest with you, Iain – is that you’ve said ‘get me out of here’ twice and what I don’t want to do is we have no dinner and so…”
Lee defended himself and was quick to remind Dennis that he had managed to get eleven stars during one challenge, but that didn’t stop the former footballer, who replied: “I get that but you’ve also said ‘get me out of here’ twice; out of the three you’ve done you failed.
“If you come back with nothing, everyone will be upset.”
And after this back and forth, viewing fans took to Twitter to have their say on the whole situation.
One person said: “Dennis Wise and his little clique Amir and Jamie can do one now. I’m so over their bullying Iain and bum licking each other #ImACelebrity.”
Another person said: “Dennis Wise was not just ‘giving [his] opinion’, he was whipping up the others in the camp and getting them to turn on Iain. Classic bullying tactic. Hope he goes tonight. #ImACeleb”
And another person said: “Dennis Wise IS NOT very wise. To try and publically humiliate someone like that, what a complete arrogant bully. “Don’t cut people down”… rich coming from him who has cut Iain down for the whole show! #imaceleb #getdennisout”
Dennis Wise and his little clique Amir and Jamie can do one now. I’m so over their bullying Iain and bum licking each other #ImACelebrity
— Jordan ? (@J_Lovelly) 6 December 2017
Dennis Wise was not just ‘giving [his] opinion’, he was whipping up the others in the camp and getting them to turn on Iain. Classic bullying tactic. Hope he goes tonight. #ImACeleb
— DMac™ (@waronfacades) 6 December 2017
Dennis Wise IS NOT very wise. To try and publically humiliate someone like that, what a complete arrogant bully. “Don’t cut people down”… rich coming from him who has cut Iain down for the whole show! #imaceleb #getdennisout
— Natalie Wiltshire (@Natalie91__xox) 6 December 2017
It was then astonishing when the vote came in, as, despite everything that they had said, Amir Khan and Jamie Lomas managed to remain in the jungle despite their behaviour towards Iain.
During the December 5th show, Khan told the broadcaster: “On a serious note, when you came in you did f*** a lot of things up.
“Remember you came in and you bossed us all around, you split the camp up?
“Your attitude as well, you killed us, do this, do that.”
And even as the show ends, the drama is far from being put to bed, as an anti-bullying charity have now come out and had their say, and they have said that if the trio had behaved towards Iain Lee in the way they did online, then it could have led to a jail sentence.
Head of the National Bullying Helpline Christine Pratt has claimed that they could all face a prison sentence because it has led to Lee being distress.
Christine spoke to The Sun on the subject and said: “Bullying is very often about perception.
“Collusion, mobbing, exclusion and negative and hurtful comments is, simply, bullying. It is outlawed in the workplace.
“If what is happening in the jungle was occurring online ie: cyberbullying and it was seemed to be both serious and causing distress, it might carry a prison sentence under the Malicious Communications Act, part of The Harassment Act.”
Christine also said that the charity have seen an increase in calls over the course of the show’s time on our TV screens. She believes that these calls are in connection to what has happened during the show, as people begin to recognise that they are going through what Iain is going through, and are now speaking out.
She added: “Viewers will liken what they see on TV to something occurring in their personal lives or in their workplace.
“To suggest it is not bullying is ridiculous. If it was happening to your child you would not hesitate to call it bullying.”
But Dennis had his say after he was voted out of the jungle, as he spoke to The Mirror to try and set the record straight: “Unfortunately in life you get goodies and the baddies – and I am a baddie.
“My relationship with Iain is fine. I am not a person who likes bullying. I am a person who says what I think and I am working from a competitive angle. I have always been in this team element.
“Iain knows the situation and Iain is comfortable with it. Iain has spent time on his own when he needed to. You don’t hear everything or see everything.”
And speaking on Good Morning Britain about his plans to meet up with Iain now that the show is finished, Wise added: “I was shocked. I have got tickets for him and his kids to go to Chelsea.”
“We are going to his new talk show, then all of us are going to go to Amir’s boxing in February, when he’s got his first fight.
“And I am going to meet (Iain) in Gerrards Cross where his mum is in a care home.
“I am a little bit shocked at what’s happened.
“We got on very well.”
It also came out that 300 official complaints were made about the controversial bullying scenes in I’m A Celeb this year.
And eventually, when Toff was named the Queen of the Jungle, fans were not pleased at all when Jamie was voted in as runner up ahead of 3rd place Iain Lee, despite many fans taking exception to Jamie taking part in the alleged bullying of the radio DJ.
Amir Khan had his say too with regards to the bullying accusation as the I’m A Celeb final took place last night.
Despite the fact that Amir, along with Jamie and Dennis were accused of isolating Iain from the rest of the group and talking about him behind his back, among other accusations of bullying, the 30-year-old boxer made a point of interrupting Iain’s third place interview on I’m A Celebrity Extra Camp in order to try and set the record straight.
While Iain was discussing the dynamic between all the men in the camp with Extra Camp hosts Scarlett Moffatt and Joel Dommett, Amir chipped in and said: “We’re not bullies. We’re not bullies mate. We never bullied ya.”
The talkRADIO DJ and comedian looked shocked and responded: “I never used that word”.
Before Amir added: “Anyway, we’ll talk later.”
After leaving the jungle, Amir said he was “hurt and upset” by bullying claims.
Taking to social to further make his point during the final, Amir wrote to his 2.29M Twitter followers: “Lovely to hear the truth. ‘I had no beef with anyone’ Iain said on itv1 @imacelebrity #NoBullyingEverHappened (sic).”
But viewers at home also took to Twitter to point out that the manner in which Amir butted into Iain’s interview to defend himself only proved the original point and undermined his cause.
One replied: “You made yourself a bully the minute you said “ you called us bullies , we will talk about this later.”
While another added: “Still do not like Amir. On #extracamp shouting out he didn’t bully Ian. Sounds like a bully to me, not understanding what bullying is or the effect of their actions on others…”
A third Twitter user lashed out at the boxer, adding: “#ExtraCamp shut up Amir, how bloody embarrassing. Poor Iain AGAIN. The look of panic on #iainlee face. A***hole man!!”
However, Amir’s wife spoke on This Morning in defence of her husband and said: “I can’t really say anything. I think they all say things to each other, but when Amir says something everyone catches on to it more, with Iain I think it sometimes get ignored.
“But I think they are both doing great. I am sure Iain’s family is proud of him too.”