I'm A Celeb's ageism row
- Bang Showbiz
- 23 November 2011
Crissy Rock has accused her 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!' camp mates of being ''ageist'' towards her in the Beat The Bugs challenge
Crissy Rock has accused her 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!' camp mates of being "ageist" towards her.
The 53-year-old actress - who is paired alongside Mark Wright, Dougie Poynter, Jessica-Jane Clement, Pat Sharp and Emily Scott in the Blue Camp - hit out at her fellow contestants after claiming they had only encouraged Australian model Emily in the Beat The Bugs game and not treated her as a "team mate".
While the blonde bombshell was told to scoop up as many gruesome creepy crawlies as possible during the challenge, Crissy was relegated to simply holding the box, making her feel "old, thick and weak".
After failing the task and seeing her fellow camp mates, she fumed: "I've not been treated like a team mate so I've played like one all day. All the encouragement went to Emily and not to me and I couldn't be arsed with it.
"In the end I was lying on the hammock and I thought I'd lose it. There's a lot of ageism in there, they are like, 'They won't do this because they are old and thick and weak'. Well the tortoise and the hare! They underestimated me, I was playing for the team even though I don't feel part of the team.
"Seeing them get glooped was like 'serves you right for being cock-sure of yourselves, they had acted like they'd already won."
However, Mark - who has been close to Crissy since the start of the ITV1 show - immediately tried to make amends.
He said: "I'm upset and worried, me and you have been close since the start but I know you are upset. I love you to bits and I don't like to see you down. You are not being left out."
Crissy explained: "I felt a wedge between the team and I get on with everyone but I hated people thinking I'm too old."