Comedian Peter Rowsthorn was voted out of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here just a day after host Julia Morris took issue with his comments.
Rowsthorn had been widely tipped to be one of the show’s 3 finalists, frequently enjoying positive social media feedback.
But a single line referring to Jackie Gillies as a “shitface” on Tuesday night drew the ire of Julia Morris.
“Unacceptable way to speak about women,” she said.
A day later Rowsthorn was voted out of the series.
In his exit interview, the Perth comedian spoke about friends, family, weight loss, overcoming extreme challenges and his “Brenda & Ron” persona with Fiona O’Loughlin.
But he was not quizzed on his comments about Gillies.
Yesterday on radio, Gillies said she had been told of the remarks: “That I’m the most unintelligent person, that I’m a ‘bitchface’, a ‘shithead’ or whatever … I’ve got to be honest with you, that really hurt. I have to say, as I’m talking to you I’ve got one of the PR guys holding me because I’m trying hard not to cry,” she said.
Rowsthorn indicated he wanted either Danny Green or Fiona O’Loughlin to win the 2018 title.
Updated: Rowsthorn has since told the Daily Telegraph, “‘I said something dumb in the midst of it. The first thing I will do is find Jackie and tell her I didn’t mean that, I was just venting — we are all venting.”