7 stars who vowed to never do reality TV… then did
“Never say never” is a pretty solid mantra to have – especially if you’re in the public eye and stand a chance of being invited onto the likes of Celebrity Big Brother or I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
In fact, even non-celebs looking to get their big break on reality TV need to be careful. It’s definitely not a good idea to publicly slate a programme when there’s a chance you might need it as your ticket to fame further down the line.
From the other side though, it can be hilarious – and totally awkward – to see old comments come back to bite people. Here, we take a look at some of those amazing backtracks…
1. Amir Khan
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You may remember Amir heading into the jungle last year for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, where he did well in the Bushtucker Trials and eventually finished in fifth place. Not bad for someone who previously said the show was for “has beens”.
Asked by a fan if he’d ever appear on the programme, he made his feelings pretty clear as he said he’d turn it down. #Awks.
2. Ann Widdecombe
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Ann, Ann, Ann. We suppose politician Ann Widdecombe didn’t hide away from the fact she’d done a complete 180 when she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.
Before signing up, she’d slated the programme and reality stars in general.
“I always said I never would, and that was my reaction this year,” she admitted after backtracking and deciding to appear on the Year of the Woman series.
She also added: “I’ve never seen a whole episode of Big Brother in my life but inevitably things percolate from it into the news.” Perfect fit then, obviously.
3. Mason Noise
We all remember Mason Noise’s controversial run on The X Factor back in 2015, which came just one year after he blasted the programme and judge Cheryl, who became his mentor 12 months later.
As well as branding the show “pointless entertainment”, comparing the panel’s ability at spotting musical talent to “Stevie Wonder judging a painting contest”, he even asked: “How is Cheryl in the music business, let alone a judge…?”
You’re entitled to your opinion Mason, but if this is how you feel then why did you audition?
4. Iain Lee
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2017 saw another I’m A Celebrity contestant make a bit of a backtrack, as comedian Iain Lee revealed over a decade earlier that he’d turned down an offer to join the famous camp.
Asked for an explanation for the dramatic U-turn, he joked: “I’m desperate, but I’m not that desperate – yet.” So much changes in 12 years.
5. Nicola McLean
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Something a little different for this one – Nicola originally appeared in the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2012, and went on to brand it the “worst decision” of her life, admitting she only took it on to provide for her family.
“It was horrible in there, everything was horrible. Honestly, it was probably the worst decision of my life to go in there,” she said on This Morning, warning Holly Willoughby to never go into the famous digs. So naturally, she went back in herself five years later.
6. Marc Spelmann
OK, so no one has learned ANYTHING from the amount of reality show stars haunted by their old tweets, which is pretty clear from magician Marc Spelmann – who was Ant & Dec’s Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer act earlier this month.
His emotional audition was incredible, but he’ll be less proud of his unearthed tweets of a couple of years before, including: “#BGT is a mockery of entertainment. It’s a joke, Simon is laughing at the deluded public. Do not vote!”
He’s since apologised (obviously!) – and has apparently changed his mind over the last few years. Well then.
7. Erica Mena
Love & Hip Hop star Erica Mena really put her foot – or keyboard, perhaps – in her mouth here after suggesting that only people who “clearly need the money” would go back to the VH1 series for a comeback. “Remember I tweeted this,” she told her followers back in March 2017.
Naturally, nothing ever really goes away on the internet, and fans were quick to point out the sweet irony when she returned last month – less than a year later.
Sometimes this stuff just writes itself.
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