British television network ITV has come under fire after an I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here contestant was forced to eat a live water spider on the show.
The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann ate the live arachnid as part of a Bushtucker Bonanza challenge.
The spider was trapped in a glass which McCann then shakes around vigorously, before throwing her head back and eating the spider.
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After swallowing the specimen, McCann said: “It smelled of cockroach, tasted dirty, the body was mushy and gunky and the legs were spiky and crunchy.”
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ITV is now facing an Ofcom investigation after more than 1000 viewers complained after the footage aired.
The communications regulator received 553 complaints, while 500 disgruntled viewers took it up with ITV directly – primarily on the basis of ‘animal cruelty’.