Ofcom issues I’m A Celebrity update after being flooded with viewer complaints over Matt Hancock

Hundreds of new complaints have been filed by viewers of I’m A Celebrity over the past week as Matt Hancock sticks to his place in the camp.

Ofcom has confirmed that it has now received 3,287 complaints from its viewers over I’m a Celebrity, with 1,764 of them relating to the former health minister. Hancock caused a stir when it was confirmed he was heading to camp earlier this month, a decision that led to the Tory party whip being suspended.

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That figure rose from a total of 1,968 complaints made to Ofcom during the ITV show last week. The organizer said that while most complaints took issue with the deputy’s presence in the woods, some viewers expressed concerns about how the other contestants treated Hancock.

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Ofcom explained in a statement last week: “It is worth recognizing that under our rules, in principle – and subject to freedom of expression – there is no ban on any particular person taking part in programmes.” “However, if someone’s mere presence is likely to cause offense, we would expect broadcasters to take steps to mitigate or justify that offense. How they do this editorially, is up to them.”

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The regulator added, “As always, we will be assessing all of these complaints against our broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate.” Despite the outpouring of complaints, Hancock has so far managed to avoid viewers voting out of the woods.

The politician is in the final seven campmates, along with Jill Scott, Owen Warner, Babatunde Alessi, Chris Moyles, Shane Walsh and Mike Tindall. Loose star and news anchor Charlene White became the first star to leave camp for the weekend, followed by A Place In The Sun’s Scarlette Douglas, then Coronation Street’s Sue Cleaver, before Boy George’s eviction on Tuesday’s episode.

Families in the North East whose lives have been rocked by the pandemic slammed the West Suffolk MP as “morally bankrupt and an abomination” when it was confirmed he would head into the woods. Days after his arrival, a giant banner was hoisted over the camp calling for Hancock to “GET OUT OF HERE” in a powerful message from the Covid-19 campaign group Bereaved Families for Justice.

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