30 January, 2015. 17:19
DARRYL SEYMOUR | Gossip and Music | CONTACT
BRACE yourselves Australia, Network Ten have landed themselves in some serious hot water.
Not only have they officially redefined the term “Celebrity” – but they are also now in the spotlight for the bizarre behaviour of a female reality TV contestant while filming an upcoming series in South Africa.
Before Network Ten even had the opportunity to announce the inclusion of the ever-irrelevant and self-confessed sex addict Chrissie Swan in the 2015 version of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! – it seems they are already wishing she was never invited along in the first place.
When asked for comment surrounding the events that have taken place on set in South Africa this week, Network Ten CEO, Hamish McLennan has admitted “things are looking very grim”.
According to industry sources, Ms Swan was fired from the program after locals and employee’s of Ten took offence to her “disgusting, yobbo behaviour”.
“What we have here is a lady with not much clout, behaving as though she is some sort of Afrikaan business magnate during the Apartheid. In fact she even made a joke about the Apartheid… in front of the South African tour guides,” Said a disgruntled McLennan.
“As if that wasn’t enough she spent most of the time here either smoking cigarettes or drinking booze. She is not a very nice lady to travel with, from all accounts. She insisted that the contestants and crew go on a ‘game hunt’ just so she could kill an elephant with a high-powered rifle. She will not be working for Network Ten ever, ever again,”
Unshaken by the events, Ms Swan has already solicited her management team for exclusive interviews on both Channel 9 and Channel 7 to give “her side of the story”.
The Ten bosses have dismissed any concern regarding Swan’s attention-seeking, with McLennan himself admitting to being the individual to make the decision to fire her in the first place
“This is a tried and true method for Australian’s in media to stay relevant when their careers quieten down. It is something that Ms Swan has done many times before. If you had heard some of the complaints that made their way to me… You would understand.”
In the meanwhile Chrissie Swan has taken to social media to air her frustrations at what she believes is a “sexist, misogynistic, ageist, popularity contest”
It gets better. The Network Ten CEO fires shots back.
Ten’s executives were unable to clarify whether or not staff and remaining contestants would continue filming, however the extremely expensive program looks to rate as poorly as just about every other “experiment” Channel Ten decides to steal from the United Kingdom
The U.K version I’m A Celebrity… has positioned itself as somewhat of a cult classic over the years, particularly with Australian contestants. Including the likes of former Neighbours star Jason Donovan, singer Peter Andre, even spin king Shane Warne appearing on the UK version – in it’s second year, the Australian version does not look to be as successful.
Chrissie Swan has confirmed she will return to using her social media presence to continue selling clothing for big and tall women.
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