Paralympian Hollie Arnold has accused I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec of ruining her experience on the show.
Arnold appeared on the hit ITV show back in 2020, when the location was moved from the Australian jungle to Gwrych Castle in Wales due to lockdown restrictions.
The long-running series has been hosted by Ant and Dec since its inception and the two have received widespread acclaim for their hilarious gags and jokes related to the campmates.
However, according to Arnold, the Geordie duo took things too far when she was on the show, which subsequently led to her receiving hurtful comments and messages.
Who is Hollie Arnold?
Arnold was once the youngest ever field athlete to compete at the Paralympics, having competed in the Javelin at the age of 14 at Beijing 2008.
She won gold in the F46 javelin throw at Rio in 2016 and also has four World Championship gold medals.
In 2018, Arnold became the first ever javelin thrower in history to hold all four major titles in the same Paralympic/Olympic four-year cycle.
VIDEO: Hollie Arnold’s first I’m A Celebrity interview
What did Ant and Dec say about Hollie Arnold?
Arnold appeared on series 20 of the show, alongside the likes of Vernon Kay, Shane Ritchie and Mo Farah.
The Paralympian used her MBE title to introduce herself to her fellow campmates – something Ant and Dec then proceeded to joke about.
Ant claimed he wanted to be referred to as ‘Ant McPartlin OBE’, while Dec also joked about the situation.
Arnold ended up being voted off the show first and says she’s since been subject to horrible abuse online.
Many people accused the Brit of being arrogant for using her MBE title, but she has stressed this is not the case at all.
“I received so much abuse and read all of this horrible nonsense online,” she told The Sun. “People thought I was above myself but I’m literally the most chilled and laid back person ever.
“Ant and Dec made that even worse and played on it, I got so much hate from people who didn’t know me. It got to the point where I took my MBE title off Instagram because it made me feel so ashamed.
“For the time being I’m using PLY – for Paralympian – but I shouldn’t have to, I should feel proud of what I have achieved.”
Arnold also revealed that members of the I’m A Celebrity production team allegedly told her to mention her title when she introduced herself.
“Whenever we were filming I was told to introduce myself with my title,” she said.
“Because I had never been on a TV show before, I thought I had to say it again.
“It made me look like I go around flaunting my MBE, which I don’t. It was completely taken out of perspective.”
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