Comedian sparks unlikely feud with Ant and Dec and insults them with a swear word

Kathy Burke
Kathy Burke -Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA

TV hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were branded 'idiots' by comedian Kathy Burke who has sparked an unlikely feud with them. The duo were criticised for their career choices by the 59-year-old comedian who took aim at them for seemingly ‘betraying’ their heritage.

Ant and Dec have enjoyed a long career in the spotlight. The 48-year-olds transitioned from child stars to national sweethearts with shows like Limitless Win and Saturday Night Takeaway, reports MirrorOnline.

However, Kathy has been set off over their job as host of ITV’s long-running reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! She was a fan of the jungle-based show until last year when she was left retching at some of the casting.

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Kathy herself has starred in hit shows like Absolutely Fabulous and Gimme, Gimmie, Gimme. She first took offence to the fact that love cheat politician Matt Hancock, 45, appeared in the 2022 season, and then felt the casting of controversial political figure Nigel Farage, 60, was the final straw.

Farage was one of the stars of the 2023 season and, despite his marmite appears, made it to the final of the show and landed in third place. Kathy has slammed Ant and Dec over the casting - letting tip on her podcast, Where There’s A Will, There’s A Wake. She seethed to podcast guest Seann Walsh, 38 - himself a contestant in 2022 - saying: "I didn’t watch this year’s because of Farage being in it.”

Ant and Dec on The One Show
Ant and Dec on The One Show -Credit:BBC

She explained: “It was a step too far having [Matt] Hancock in there I felt but I thought I’d watch it anyway. But when they announced Farage I just thought, you f****** a*******.”

As she continued her astonishing rant, Kathy also slapped down Ant and Dec for turning on their roots by including Farage - who is well known for having strong opinions on immigration. Kathy said: "And I was really angry with Ant and Dec. They’re Irish descent, man! And also I think it was really unfair on the rest of you, on the other contestants."

It wasn’t just Farage’s views that had some viewers reaching for the remote during the 2023 season of I’m A Celeb. The controversial figure had a penchant for stripping off to bath - leaving campmates and viewers shocked.

This Morning star Josie Gibson was left alarmed when she walked in on Nigel bathing naked in the jungle early on in the competition and declared to the Bush Telegraph: “Freaking hell! I wasn’t expecting to see Nigel Farage’s bottom so soon!” Bug Farage himself was very pleased to take part in the show - boasting that reports he netted £1.5 million to take part were bang on the money.

He said in an interview last year: "I gave up a very successful career in the city of London - colleagues of mine are on the rich list, I never moaned, never complained. Is this the biggest paycheck I’ve ever had? Yes, it is."