I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! fans have slammed Mike Tindall for ‘bullying’ Matt Hancock after he ‘flattened’ the MP during the Celebrity Cyclone challenge.
The former England rugby pro, 44, was the latest star to be voted out of camp on Saturday night’s episode, but as a member of the final four, he took part in the well-awaited group trial at the end of each series.
Jill went up the slippery hill first, followed by Matt and then Mike – and fans say when it was his turn, ‘saw an opportunity to smash Matt’ when he landed on top of him.
‘Bullying’: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! fans have slammed Mike Tindall for ‘bullying’ Matt Hancock after he ‘flattened’ the MP during the Celebrity Cyclone challenge
The foursome managed to bag four out of four stars while taking on the iconic Cyclone trial in Australia, with Lioness Jill dubbing the challenge ‘the most fun I’ve ever had’.
But fans couldn’t help but notice Mike’s interaction with Matt as he laid on the ground desperately trying to hold down his big yellow stars.
Following his departure from camp, one user wrote on Twitter: ‘Glad he as gone was a bully when sue was in and, then to body slam him in the cyclone was bang out of order is last bullying before he voted out was stupid and nasty.
‘That must have hurt!’ Fans said when it was his Mike’s turn, ‘saw an opportunity to smash Matt’ when he landed on top of him – and even Ant and Dec noticed the tackle
Show time: Taking on the trial, the order was Jill, Matt, Mike and then Owen – as they all opted for different tactics for the trial, with Matt taking a massive dive into the course while Owen attempted to walk through the assualt course, unsuccessfully
‘Glad he as gone my votes 2 matt.’
Another wrote: ‘Not a tory fan but Matt was bullied and #MikeTindall purposely assaulted him on cyclone.
‘Yes Matt got things wrong but so did the world, it was a pandemic. Bullying is not acceptable.’
Similarly, another added: ‘His bullying of Matt surprised me – he flattened him during the cyclone too – just threw himself on him – not nice.’
Not happy: Fans couldn’t help but notice Mike’s interaction with Matt as he laid on the ground desperately trying to hold down his big yellow stars
The same user said: ‘The full body slam in the cyclone did it for me – glad to see the back of him.’
On the other hand, some fans of Mike’s liked the move: ‘Mike Tindall saw an opportunity to smash Matt Hancock and he took it. Absolute respect.’
One other said: ‘Mighty Mike Tindall taking off and landing on Matt Hancock in the Cyclone Trial was one of the highlight moments in this year’s #ImACelebrityGetMeOutOfHere.’
Dressed to impress: The celebrities were certainly dressed for the occasion, clad in tight metallic hotpants and matching capes
Enjoyed it: On the other hand, some fans of Mike’s liked the move: ‘Mike Tindall saw an opportunity to smash Matt Hancock and he took it. Absolute respect’
When Mike jumped on Matt, even Ant and Dec said the tackle ‘must have hurt’ – and when they quizzed him on it afterwards, the former rugby pro said he was using Matt as his ‘anchor’.
Earlier in the episode, Mike accused Matt of ‘polling for votes’ in a bid to be crowned the Jungle King – and insisted that he ‘clearly wants to win’ by placing his name-printed clothing in shot of the camp cameras.
Each campmate has their name and voting lines printed on the back of their jackets and T-shirts, with Mike claiming Matt was making these more visible.
Talking in the Bush Telegraph, he said: ‘Matt’s making sure his t-shirt and his phone numbers are on display at all times. Matt clearly wants to win.’
Mike was seen turning the MP’s belongings over other way around, adding to the camera: ‘I’m taking great pleasure in turning it around every time he leaves camp.’
‘Once a politician, always a politician. Always polling for votes,’ added the sportsman.
The celebrities then returned to camp to enjoy a treat of ice cream and got a glimpse back into the real world as they learned England’s scores so far during the Qatar World Cup.
Influence: Mike Tindall claimed Matt Hancock (pictured) tried to sway the public vote by placing clothing with his voting phone number in shot of the camp cameras
As they received a letter to camp, an excited Mike revealed to his fellow stars: ‘Celebrities, today you will all be taking part in today’s Trial – Celebrity Cyclone.’
‘I never thought I’d make it to the Cyclone. It’s going to be absolutely brilliant, I can’t wait,’ said Matt.
Echoing his thoughts, Owen added: ‘I’m just absolutely buzzing, can’t believe I’m here, can’t believe I’m doing this. I’m speechless. I’m just literally speechless.’
And the celebrities were certainly dressed for the occasion, clad in tight metallic hot pants and matching capes.
Amusing: Mike Tindall accused fellow campmate Matt Hancock of attempting to sway the public vote by placing his name-printed clothing in shot of the camp cameras