I'm A Celebrity: Viewers praise Iain Lee for crying after Bushtucker trial failure

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Iain Lee has won praise and support from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! viewers after he broke down in tears following a Bushtucker Trial failure.

The comic and radio presenter was forced to give up the underwater ‘Temple of Gloom’ challenge, which was made up of a series of tunnels and chambers.

Iain Lee broke down. Copyright: [ITV]
Iain Lee broke down. Copyright: [ITV]

Iain didn’t make it out of the first chamber, meaning that he and his fellow campmates would be eating basic rations that evening.

Speaking after the trial, Iain said: “I feel gutted. It was really traumatic. I’m not a very strong swimmer. The camp are going to be you know, they’ll be gutted. It was on my head. Terrible terrible. Literally the best I could do was that.”

He told hosts Ant and Dec: “I’m not a strong swimmer. That should have been ok. That box was tiny. I couldn’t catch my breath. I just started panicking and yeah, I ballsed up. Sorry guys.”

The star struggled in the challenge. Copyright: [ITV]
The star struggled in the challenge. Copyright: [ITV]

He added: “Sorry kids, my kids would have loved that. You boys would have done that easy.”

When Iain returned to the camp he burst into tears, apologising to his fellow contestants as he told them that he “couldn’t do it”.

The star was supported by his campmates, including boxer Amir Khan who told Iain: “Don’t be upset. We are the team. We’re going to come back stronger from this.

“Don’t be upset. Go and have a shower, go and relax and we’ll have a proper chat later.”

Iain was comforted by his fellow contestants. Copyright: [ITV]
Iain was comforted by his fellow contestants. Copyright: [ITV]

However, later in the show Amir and contestant Rebekah Vardy appeared to slam Iain for crying, with Becky saying: “I hate crying, I feel like it shows weakness.”

Amir added: “That’s why I don’t do it as well, show weakness and people walk all over you.”

However, fellow campmate Jamie Lomas defended Iain’s emotion in the Bush Telegraph, saying: “It’s not a weakness, it’s a strength sharing your emotions and there is nothing wrong with that, real men cry.”

Viewers praised Iain for not hiding his emotion. Copyright: [ITV]
Viewers praised Iain for not hiding his emotion. Copyright: [ITV]

A sentiment that viewers at home agree with, as fans took to Twitter to praise Iain for breaking down stereotypes that men don’t cry:

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