Jack Whitehall hits out at Michael Buerk for joining "lowbrow" I'm A Celebrity

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Jack Whitehall has hit out at Michael Buerk for joining I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! 2014 after describing BBC Three's output as "embarrassing".

The comedian has repeatedly criticised the Beeb's move to earmark the youth channel for closure, having starred in some of its shows, including Bad Education and Backchat.

And he has been quick to point out Buerk's distaste for BBC Three after ITV confirmed yesterday that he'd be taking part in the jungle reality show.

Back in April, Buerk said: "It did launch a good few comedies, but a lot of what I saw was at the embarrassing end of drivel. We’re told that’s where youngsters forage for their entertainment these days, but everybody’s still acting as though BBC Three has had a bullet in the back of the head."

He also singled out Snog Marry Avoid? as one of its worst programmes, calling it "cutting-edge tripe".

Today, Whitehall took to Twitter to rib the 68-year-old, posting a link to his comments with the caption: "Hater of low brow TV Michael Buerk gave this interview a few months back.

"Look forward to seeing him eating kangaroo bollocks with Gemma Collins from TOWIE."

Buerk has explained his decision to take part in I'm A Celebrity by saying it's 'perhaps time' for him to take himself 'less seriously'.

"I am very sniffy about reality TV and when they first approached me, I thought they were joking," he laughed. "Why on earth would I want to do something like this?

"And then I went through a phase of thinking ‘what the hell?’ You are a long time dead and I’d rather be pilloried for what I did than be disappointed of what I didn’t."

Buerk enjoyed a forty-year career as one of the most respected faces on BBC News, working on stories such as the famine in Ethiopia.

I'm A Celebrity returns to ITV this Sunday night at 9.00pm.

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