YouTuber Jack Maynard has apologised for using homophobic and racist language on Twitter.
Jack was removed from the ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! after press articles highlighted the old tweets.
In a video titled My Explanation…, Jack said he “messed up”, and talked about when the tweets were written.
“At this point, this was back when I was in school – I just left school and I didn’t know what I was doing,” he said. “I was getting into arguments with people on Twitter. It was right before I ever had any kind of following, before I knew I’d ever have any impact online. […] I was just stupid. I said some really inconsiderate things.”
The tweets, which were revealed by The Sun and date from 2011 to 2013, include Jack saying “At alices with my n*****s”, as well as using the homophobic slur “retarded f****t” in an exchange. In another, he wrote, “hahaha shutup you f****t… By the way who hit you with a shovel?”
The press coverage of the tweets led the creator to exit the I’m a Celebrity jungle just days after the show’s launch, with his agent saying: “It is only fair that everyone should be aware of any allegations made against them and should also have the right to defend themselves.”
— I'm A Celebrity UK (@ImACeIebUK) November 21, 2017
In a further statement, a spokesperson added that Jack is “ashamed” of the tweets, many of which were taken offline “a long time ago”.
“He would never use that language now and realises this kind of retaliatory, inflammatory, insulting language is completely unacceptable,” she said.
Following his exit, new allegations against the YouTuber surfaced from the Daily Mirror, which published screenshots that appear to show Jack asking an underage girl for naked photos. He has yet to respond to the paper’s allegations directly.