Ant and Dec anger I’m A Celeb viewers with “distasteful” Stephen Hawking sketch
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!‘s Ant and Dec have upset viewers at home in what has been branded as a “distasteful” sketch about Stephen Hawking.
The Geordie duo created a bit of controversy on the show last night (Wednesday) by following a sketch concerning Stephen Hawking. The pair pretended to call the professor during one of their segments. The programme had just shown Gogglebox‘s Scarlett Moffatt talking about the time she attempted to email Stephen Hawking about his theory on time and time travel via a Hotmail account.
Ant dialled a phone number and pretended to speak to the professor, before an automated voice similar to Hawking’s own electronic one made a response.
However, the joke didn’t go down too well with Twitter users many of whom found the gag somewhat insensitive.
I found the Stephen Hawking jokes extremely distasteful tbh #ImACeleb
— fliss (@xntisxcial) November 16, 2016
— (((Rosanna))) (@zanr) November 16, 2016
— Leigh Odell (@O_DAWG_UK) November 16, 2016
— Siân Bobbett (@GreenRangerGirl) November 16, 2016
One user labelled the sketch “extremely distasteful”, whilst another commented: “Nah you don’t go after Stephen hawking like that lads. Not cool #ImACeleb #badtaste”.
I’m A Celeb continues this evening and tonight will see newbie campmates Danny Baker and Martin Roberts enter the jungle. And we’re sure there will be some kind of surprise awaiting them when they arrive.
Will they change the dynamic of the group for the better or the worse?
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.