After being voted out of this year’s I’m A Celebrity Get me Out Of Here, TV chef Rosemary Shrager has been made to apologise for a racist remark about her fellow campmate, David Haye, during her exit interview with spin off show, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now, after her eviction.
Rosemary, who as voted out on Wednesday night’s show, was renowned for her blunt and bossy nature throughout her time in the jungle, but no one could have prepared for the comment she made about boxing champ, David Haye, live on national television.
Millions of fans were left stunned when Rosemary, upon being asked what she thought of the boxing legend, admitted that she had a crush on him from the very first moment she laid eyes on him in the jungle “like a little monkey”.
“David is such a hunk,” she began, “I never thought as a middle aged lady…”
Then, moving her arms out like an ape, she added: “Once I saw him coming through the jungle like this, like a little monkey, a lovely one, and he looked so fit I thought, ‘This is terrific. This is fabulous’.”
Her comments left show presenter, Laura Whitmore stunned, and millions of viewers likewise, but it didn’t take them long to regain composure and soon every social networking platform available to the public was inundated with hundreds of complaints and messages of disgust at the larger than life chef’s racist remark.
One fan of the show wrote: “Rosemary recalled that on seeing a black man in the jungle she thought it was a monkey. Whether she meant it in a racist way or not, it is unacceptable.”
This prompted the Ladette to Lady star to immediately apologise, stating: “I’m horrified to think I might have offended anyone with my comment. That wasn’t my intention at all and I’m truly sorry if I have caused any offence.”
Meanwhile David’s agent has chosen not to comment on the remark.
Watch the episode of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Here Now where Rosemary makes the remark in the clip below:
I’m A Celebrity Get me Out Of Here continues tonight at 8.30pm on ITV1/ITV1 HD.