The first episode of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! is precisely always awkward.
Mostly, because despite their celebrity status, a majority of the contestants have absolutely no idea who the others are… but they know they’re definitely meant to.
But last night’s premiere of I’m a Celebrity season four was more uncomfortable than usual – and it had a lot to do with a 25-year-old man named Bernard Tomic.
You see, the professional tennis player is absolutely a household name. But… that name is usually preceded by an expletive and followed by a rant about being a stain on our international reputation.
The world number 142 (who was, at his height, ranked number 17) lost his qualifier against world number 218 at the Australian Open, only a few weeks ago.
“I just count money, that’s all I do. I count my millions,” he said to journalists following his loss.
“You go do what I did [on court]. Bye bye.”
Tennis great Andy Roddick was among the many who criticised his comments.
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Last year, Tomic said he was “bored” during his Wimbledon match, with Pat Cash responding that a lot of Aussies were cringing at the young man’s behaviour.