Sunday 25 August 2019

Duncan Bannatyne gets camp leadership role despite laundry debacle

Spencer Matthews had to quit I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! because he was taking 'steroid-based medication' to bulk up for a charity boxing match
Spencer Matthews had to quit I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! because he was taking 'steroid-based medication' to bulk up for a charity boxing match

Businessman Duncan Bannatyne has had his laundry skills in the jungle severely criticised - but was then voted camp leader by the public, and gave the job to two other people.

He offloaded the I'm A Celebrity task on former top boxer Chris Eubank and also author Lady Colin Campbell, with whom he has been bickering on the ITV show.

Lady Colin - known as Lady C - has called Bannatyne a "mouse" and a "little pussy". He accused her of a "lack of breeding" and added: "What a nasty woman you are."

Eubank had a private word with Bannatyne and voiced his concerns about Lady C climbing over rocks to do the laundry, saying it could be dangerous.

Bannatayne shrugged his shoulders, to be told by Eubank: "Don't shrug your shoulder."

Bannatyne replied: "She's been down there before. I've no intention of changing, the rota stays as it is."

Earlier Brian Friedman made clear he was fed up with his laundry not being up to standard.

He said: "I'm sick of having no clothes and waiting for someone to do them. Duncan, who was on laundry, was terrible at it, our clothes were returned covered in leaves and smelling like cockroaches and vomit."

Bannatyne laughed then: "I hate washing, no pleasing these people."

Former Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley chipped in: "Duncan is not a bloke you can imagine down the creek doing the washing. If I'm honest, and I'm not being funny, but two ladies would be much better than Duncan."

Vicky Pattison of Geordie Shore said: " So Tony has announced that women are better at laundry and doing the washing than men are - right, OK, there's me thinking I'm in the jungle, not some time machine!"

Vicky and fellow late entrant on the show Ferne McCann, of The Only Way is Essex, won some meals for the camp when they battled, dressed as clowns, through an ordeal called Horror Flying Circus.

They had to make their way to a hi-wire which had two gangplanks. One would face a course of obstacles. When they came to a star they had to throw it to their fellow celebrity on the opposite gangplank. For every star they collected, they would receive two meals for camp.

To make things more difficult, the celebrity on the obstacle gangplank would be blindfolded meaning the other had to shout directions. They managed to collect a total of three stars and six meals for camp.

Boyband star George Shelley of Union J announced to camp that Bannatyne was the new leader as voted for by the public.

"I'm shocked and honoured to be voted," said Bannatyne.

Friedman asked to be chef and Bannatyne ribbed him after he had complained about his laundry skills. He decided on former footballer Kieron Dyer as his deputy.

On being told she would be on laundry duties, Lady C said: "I must have done the laundry when I was married because my husband certainly did nothing."

Friedman helped Lady C down the creek, by holding her hand, to do the laundry with Eubank - he wanted to make sure she did not slip on any rocks.

Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews has headed back to Britain, leaving the show behind, after he quit over his use of steroid-based medication.

He began his journey back to London from Brisbane Airport on Saturday after he left the programme on medical grounds.

In a statement, the 26-year-old admitted he had made a "serious error" taking the pills.

He said: "Shortly after I arrived in Australia I told the production team that I was taking a steroid-based medication that had begun some weeks ago.

"When I started taking this programme of pills it was in preparation for a charity boxing match which, ironically, never took place."

He added: "Taking these pills was a serious error of judgment, which I hugely regret.

"I have disappointed my family, friends and fans and would like to apologise. I would like to thank ITV for the opportunity and their support, they're a class act.

"I loved every minute of being in the jungle and wish the remaining contestants the best of luck. Hoping for another shot at it some day."

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