For the first time in the show’s history, stars on Australia’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! are calling it quits.
It was big news last week when tennis player Bernard Tomic uttered the eight magic words – “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here” – barely three episodes in.
It was, after all, a first for Australian TV, and one that involved tennis’ most notorious “bad boy”.
Then, on Thursday night, we watched boxing champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine do the very same thing.
That’s not one, but two contestants, pulling the plug less than a fortnight since the premiere aired on January 28.
Just like that, Channel Ten – who no doubt paid big bucks to lure the pair to the show – lost their two biggest drawcards.
Considering in all four seasons this has never happened before, it’s only natural that Australian viewers are reacting angrily. This wasn’t what the fans signed up for. And how could Mundine and Tomic have given up on the $100,000 they were supposed to be competing to win for charity?
But speaking to Mamamia, Australian sports psychologist Jeffrey Bond warned against calling them “quitters”.
“It is all too easy for the ‘armchair experts’ and the television watchers to believe they know the answers when they really have no idea what is going on in the mind and lives of the person they are unfairly labelling,” Bond said.
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