Jack Maynard has been removed from the I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! jungle days after the series launched.
YouTuber Jack Maynard has been removed from the ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity after homophobic and racist language he used on Twitter came to light.
A statement from a spokesperson for the star said: “In the last few days Jack has been the subject of a succession of media stories which, given his position as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – filmed in the Australian jungle, with no contact with the outside world – he has been unable to respond to.
“Since it is only fair that everyone should be aware of any allegations made against them and should also have the right to defend themselves, it was agreed that it would be better to bring him out of the show. Jack agrees with this decision which was made by his representatives and ITV and thanks everyone who has supported him in the show thus far.”
Jack Maynard has been removed from #ImACeleb – decision was made by his representatives in the wake of media stories that he has been unable to respond to. Mutually agreed with ITV.
— Duncan Lindsay (@DuncanLindsay) November 21, 2017
The media stories in question began when The Sun highlighted a December 2012 tweet in which Jack used the homophobic phrase “retarded f****t” in an exchange. He also said “hahaha shutup you f****t… By the way who hit you with a shovel?” in another.
In another tweet, posted in June 2011, Jack said: “At alices with my n****s!”
— Jordan Houston (@JordanHoustonnn) November 21, 2017
As the comments came to light, a spokeswoman for the vlogger said: “Jack is ashamed of these tweets, many were deleted a long time ago. He would never use that language now and realises this kind of retaliatory, inflammatory, insulting language is completely unacceptable.”
An ITV spokesperson said: “Due to circumstances outside camp Jack has had to withdraw from the show.”
Ah well Jack was the only reason why I was watching #ImACeleb
Time to turn it off and I’d recommend everyone else do the same
— Lux (@Callux) November 21, 2017