While some fans have commented that this series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here has been a bit of a wash out in terms of entertainment (with even a former contestant in Gemma Collins of TOWIE fame making that case also) it seems to be hotting up now. But at the moment, it appears as though as many dramas are taking place outside of the jungle as in it.
From the removal of Jack Maynard due to a allegations of sending offensive tweets in the past, to Strawberry-Gate, to accusations that the show is fixed in some form or fashion, and even the well-being of one half of the long-time co-hosts Ant McPartlin – there has been plenty of drama to stir up debate about the series, it’s just that a lot of it has come in the form of goings on outside the jungle, and that can’t be pleasing for ITV bosses, who are already worried that the show isn’t entertaining enough.
But as Jack Maynard’s removal set a rather undesirable tone to the show, now fans are calling for Rebekah Vardy to be removed because of similar circumstances.
Rebekah Vardy has been heavily criticised for her behaviour during her I’m A Celebrity run this far by fans, with some viewers even calling for her to be removed from the show.
Fans of the show have argued that just as YouTube star Jack Maynard was booted off the allegedly for his abusive tweets in the past, the wife of football star Jamie Vardy should be axed because of her alleged history of homophobic tweets.
One said: “If Jack got removed for something that happened around five years ago then so should Rebekah Vardy.”
Another said: “That’s not fair at all, can’t be one rule for someone and a different rule for another.”
The tweets reportedly said: “@MrHarryWood: @Xelahopkins1984 @Little_Miss_Foz what about the 3rd ‘bird’ the gay walker? @jay_walker25 ginger gay w**ker ha ha PMSL.”
And another one said: “Whatsap…..GAY….sort it out grrrr.”
However, the criticism of her behaviour has only intensified as the show has gone on, after viewers accused her of ‘bullying’ fellow campmate, Iain Lee.
One fan wrote: “Which is exactly what Becky Vardy was saying about Iain. They sat in a group and justified to themselves why they were leaving him out. If you don’t feel the same, fine, but many, many people do. Becky is, at best, not being pleasant. At worst she’s damaging to Iain’s health.”
Another added: “They are all dispicable the way they are treating him. They are nasty bunch together. That Vardy woman is so evil. I want to hit her. Leave Iain alone. Treat him as one of you.”
Rebekah’s official Twitter account even got involved in the argument, as one fan wrote: “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. #imaceleb”.
To which the WAG’s official Twitter responded: “I’m sorry you feel that way but she didn’t do that. She made it very clear that she had given Iain lots of encouragement and that he had chosen to keep himself away from them. She also told him not to dwell & that it didn’t matter when he struggled with his task.”
And another fan added: @RebekahVardy not realising that @iainlee isolated himself due to the atmosphere created by you and others opposed to his own problems. You are the problem! You are the subtle bully! You are not liked! Bullies dont win! #ImACeleb #ImACelebrity #ImACeleb2017″
To which her official Twitter again replied: “How is she the problem? She has given Iain encouragement, told him not to worry, not to dwell, to move on. Even he said everyone has encouraged him & he isn’t getting low. I don’t know how any of those things are ‘bullying’?”
Jamie Vardy, the England and Leicester City striker, defended his wife and said: “Every time the camera’s on her it’s the exact same face, so it’s hard to tell who she is warming to. She’s being her normal self – not fake. But Becky’s no b*tch. She’s the complete opposite, honestly.”
However, Rebekah Vardy has also been praised for opening up during I’m A Celebrity about her mental health issues in the past, regarding her suicide attempt at 14.
The 35-year-old opened up about her suicide attempt as a teenager, as well as her issues with mental health, with her campmates and the viewers at home when the group were discussing the topic.
Rebekah also explained of how she suffered from “bad” post-natal depression following the birth of one of hers and football ace Jamie’s children.
The discussion was prompted by Stanley Johnson, the father of Boris Johnson, who asked Iain Lee about his radio show. Rebekah then told her campmates of her ordeal, after Iain said he’d had “suicidal thoughts in the past”.
Following her confession on the show, fans rushed to social media to show support and commend both Rebekah and Iain for their honesty when discussing the difficult topic.
One person tweeted their support and praise by saying: “It was good to see an honest and ordinary conversation about suicidal ideation and a suicide attempt on prime time TV. Well done to them both for their courage to share – it’s #TimetoChange mental health stigma”.
I’ve always respected @iainlee for being open and honest about his #mentalhealth so when he went into #ImACeleb I respected him even more for going into an environment that would test anyone. Much respect to @RebekahVardy too. #weneedtobehonestaboutmentalhealth ❤️
— Alison’s head (@arisonsned) 29 November 2017
— Jo Wheatley (@mojojungle68) 28 November 2017
@RebekahVardy you’ve yet again made me fall more in love with you. Honestly, openly and unashamedly speaking about PND, Depression & suicide. 🙌🏻 so important! ❤️
— Lissa Savage 🌈 (@superlissy) 28 November 2017
And a second tweeted: “Big respect to @RebekahVardy & @iainlee for speaking up about #MentalIllness & #Suicide on tonight’s #ImACeleb Hopefully break down more barriers for people watching the show.#Stigma #SuicideAwareness.”
A third said: “Hats off to @RebekahVardy for speaking so openly about her suicide attempt – steps in the right direction !! #ImACeleb.”
A fourth said: “@iainlee @RebekahVardy Well Done for talking about mental illness suicide and postnatal depression it’s not something that people should avoid talking about.”
And a fifth said: “Really great seeing @iainlee and @RebekahVardy talking about their experiences with #mentalhealth on #ImACelebrity yesterday. It’s so important people share their stories if they feel able to, and these people showed a great example of this.”