He might have offered up his pillow to Anne Hegerty in a display of conspicuous selflessness, but Nick Knowles might find his currency is about to run out with his female campmates.
Viewers were quick to slate the DIY SOS presenter for some pretty lazy remarks about the ‘mood’ of women in the jungle camp on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
The comments came after talk of periods had come up in conversation, and notably after a confrontation over rice rations between John Barrowman and Rita Simons.
Confiding with John after the row, Nick said: “Remember the girls are going to be a bit jumpier because of what time of the month they told us it is.
“We’re going to have that for a couple of days with the girls.”
Viewers were quick to leap on Knowles’s comments…
— 👻🎃👽🦇 (@_wwwtf) November 28, 2018
Men: When a woman speaks out about something she is unhappy about, do NOT brush it off or dismiss it as ‘time of the month’ – having a period does not invalidate our argument or feelings. Nick Knowles take heed. 🙄 #imaceleb
— Nicky Jones (@nic_e_jones) November 28, 2018
Mind you, some came to his defence…
Ughhh all these people going mad about nick knowles mentioning the girls might be extra sensitive cos of their period, what part of that is untrue women get periods and are emotional sensitive moody bastards that are constantly starving #imaceleb
— beccc (@becdickinson) November 29, 2018
— Toni Farrugia-Dunn (@tfrooj) November 28, 2018
Later, Nick and John tussled over a second gender-related issue – that of handling knickers.
After seeing a pair had fallen from the washing line, Nick asked John to pick them up, explaining that he didn’t feel comfortable doing it himself and – presumably because John is gay – it would be more appropriate for him to do it.
“Why do you feel uncomfortable? It’s just an item of clothing, it’s not inappropriate. It’s fine to hang a pair of women’s knickers on the washing line,” replied John.
“Why is it ok for me a gay man to pick it up but it’s not ok for a straight man? It’s just a piece of clothing!
“Touching a pair of knickers doesn’t mean you want to have sex with them, there are no sexual connotations at all, she might have a problem with me picking up her knickers but I don’t have a problem with it, I do laundry, it’s no big deal!”
Sticking up for Knowles, Emily Atack chipped in: “I understand how a man would feel awkward picking up a young woman’s knickers he hasn’t known for very long.”
But it appears that Knowles ‘nice guy’ routine appears to be grating on the rest of the camp.
Noel Edmonds branded him ‘such an arse’, after he quoted rules at him about not leaving the camp alone when Noel was about to head off to get fire wood.
“There’s Nick getting his knickers in a twist because he thinks I left the camp,” Noel said in the Bush Telegraph. “He can be such an arse at times.”