I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is known for putting famous faces in challenging scenarios, but it seems the show may have gone too far after actress Toni Pearen was attacked by snakes in a gruelling challenge.
The confronting moment was aired last night on the series’ third episode and saw former Funniest Home Videos host Toni along with radio personality Ash Williams forced to stick their heads in a box filled with non-venomous snakes while they turned a wheel to escape.
During the challenge, a visibly distressed Toni was struck five times by a snake, left bleeding from her face and fighting back hysterical sobs as she struggled to finish the challenge.
Eventually, she got it done, and emerged shaking and sobbing while hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown called for medics.
Twitter users outraged over ‘despicable’ challenge
Fans were left outraged at the very graphic scene, with many arguing it was a ‘despicable’ challenge and that Toni should have been removed as soon as the snake started biting.
During the ordeal, host Julia reminded Toni she could exit the challenge, but that would mean returning to camp without any stars.
“How the show did not remove her IMMEDIATELY after the first strike is beyond me,” one viewer wrote. “Sitting back and doing nothing while she gets bitten FIVE times on the face is plainly negligent and absolutely disgraceful!”
“Should not have allowed that to continue,” another agreed.
“I am a long term fan, but that is not right to have allowed that to happen,” one lover of the show admitted.
Others were similarly outraged.
“This is absolutely disgusting,” one fan wrote.
“She’s epic but the lack of concern shown by the show’s team is not ok,” another agreed.
Another called the segment ‘too extreme’.
“Seriously upsetting seeing the snakes attack Toni Peron,” another fan wrote. “What a tough chick.”
Another argued the challenge was designed to provoke an attack like this, pointing out the wheels the contestants were turning weren’t even attached to any pulley system.
“Those knobs weren't even doing anything and weren't connected to a pressure valve,” the fans wrote. “Looks like the head movements were designed to irritate the snakes.”
Toni herself responded to concerned fans in a tweet thanking them for their support.
“To every single one of you who wrote messages of support last night... I thank each and every one of you,” she wrote.
Channel 10 has been contacted for comment.
It comes as the show got off to a very dramatic start, with eyebrow-raising moments galore in the very first week.
On Tuesday evening, Grant Denyer left fans gobsmacked when he revealed his struggles with alcohol, even sharing he had appeared drunk while on-air on Sunrise in the past.
Just three days into the jungle and it looks like the wildest parts of the shows are coming from the contestants themselves.
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel 10
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