Eric BlairNovember 29th
2019

Parents have been left furious after I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here contestants implied Santa Claus didn’t exist on last night’s show. 

During Thursday night’s episode of the ITV show, the celebrities were discussing their favourite traditions over the Christmas period and James Haskell and Ian Wright seemed to suggest that the big man himself, Father Christmas, wasn’t real. An absurd suggestion of course. 

Haskell told his fellow campmates his parents would ‘go all out, half-eating carrots and making footprints by the fireplace, before Wrighty said he'd dress up as Santa for his two daughters - seven-year-old Roxanne and 10-year-old Lola.

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The ex-footballer said: “When the girls were really young I was Father Christmas as well,” - obviously meaning as well as real Santa Claus - and that his daughter would question him about his appearance.

Although a lot of viewers enjoyed their anecdotes, others were righteously  outraged by the scenes, claiming they had been watching with their young children and that the scenes had ‘ruined’ Christmas.

"@antanddec #ImACeleb just ruined f*cking Christmas for my kids.. nice one," one fuming parent wrote.

Another told ITV to have ‘more social awareness’.

"@ITV fancy airing a section on #ImACeleb where camp mates talk about Father Christmas in THAT way, shame on you, awkward Qs being asked now, have a bit more social awareness!!!!," they vented.

A third viewer said they'd even be filing a complaint to Ofcom about the gaff...

"If ever there was a need to complain to Ofcom now is the time! I have kids in my class that watch #ImACeleb at least send a warning you're going to talk about Father Christmas!," they wrote.

Others - whose kids are too young to watch the show at its airing time of 9pm - urged ITV to remove the scene before it's put on catchup.

Research by the University of Exeter - coined the Santa Survey - found the average age when children stopped believing in Father Christmas was eight-years-old.

According to a report published by Medic Alert, the perfect time for eight-year-old's to go to sleep is 8pm - which is an hour before the show airs - so fingers crossed, most of the little people were safely tucked up!

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