The four women on the ITV panel today mused how famous women often have a tougher time on reality TV shows and highlighted some of the cruel comments being directed towards Nella on social media.
Nella, who was the victim of an “insensitive” Moonpig card stunt last week, angered many I’m A Celebrity viewers at the start of this year’s series of the ITV show, thanks to a misunderstanding with First Dates star Fred Sirieix. However, many of the Catfish presenter’s fans have since argued it’s time to give the young star a break.
Christine Lampard, Brenda Edwards, Judi Love and Jane Moore opened today’s edition of Loose Women with a discussion about Nella and women on reality TV in general, with a recent article arguing female contestants often have a tougher time on shows like I’m A Celebrity brought up.
Kicking off the chat, former X Factor star Brenda recalled her own time on a popular reality TV show and revealed she was often asked why people “don’t vote for women, older women and even Black women” on talent shows – noting she fell into all three categories during her time competing on the now-defunct singing competition.
“I think women do find it hard and Nella will have factors that make it even harder,” Judi added to the debate. “From what I’ve seen online, the fat-shaming, women have issues if they’re older and another layer [for Nella] is race. Unfortunately it looks like Nella won’t be given as much grace as other women.”
Judi continued: “So of the stuff we’ve seen on the internet and on social media is absolutely vile. From talking about her skin complexion to her shape, saying they gave her the easiest Bushtucker Trial, so yes, it does feel like there was an issue at the beginning between her and Fred and how she handled that – many of feel that wasn’t the right way – but people need to understand with any women that go [on these shows] there are other layers to their personality.
The panel discussed the fact Nella has suffered major losses and grief at such a young age, with Christine admitting she’s been loving watching Nella in the camp over recent days. Jane added she saw Nella as her winner after the first couple of episodes of this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity, with the entire panel in agreement that they worry about how Nella will feel when she leaves the jungle and reads some of the hateful comments written about her online.
Nella’s fans rejoiced over the weekend as the YouTuber avoided being the first celebrity to be voted out of camp by the public, with jockey Frankie Dettori being the one sent home early following hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly delivering the news to the star-studded camp. Some of Nella’s fans predict the tide is turning for the young star and she could survive longer than expected thanks to her loyal fanbase.
* Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV and ITVX from 12.30pm