I'm A Celebrity 2016 'bans witchetty grubs to avoid offending aboriginals'

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I'm A Celebrity bosses have banned the show's famous witchetty grub from meals this year.

While we've already seen the celebs having to eat and drink everything from blended pig's penis to live beetles, the classic I'm A Celeb witchetty grub has been firmly off the menu.

And that's apparently because producers are keen to avoid offending Australian aboriginals, The Sun reports.

Survival expert Ray Mears - one of many critics of the ITV series - suggested the show was disrespecting aboriginals who ate the critters as part of their diet.

He told the newspaper: "It’s rather like someone coming to Britain and saying, ‘Eating a roast potato, isn’t that weird?’

“The witchetty grub that the aboriginal people depend upon is an important source of protein.

“It has a religious significance. For us to go and make fun of that is very disrespectful," he added.

The treatment of bugs on I'm A Celebrity has long been cause for controversy.

In an open letter to show presenters Ant and Dec, wildlife TV expert Chris Packham previously blasted the show branding it "inhumane" and a "sham".

He told the Geordie duo in Radio Times magazine: "As pillars of the British broadcasting community, you should put an end to this inhumane, embarrassing and destructive aspect of an otherwise great show."

However people have continued to tune in, with this year's show the third most-watched programme of the year to date with over 12 million viewers.

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here continues nightly on ITV.

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