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17th Nov 2016

Ant and Dec are taking major flak for this Stephen Hawking joke on ‘I’m a Celebrity’


Some I’m A Celebrity fans aren’t happy, at all.

The latest series of the popular reality show is in full swing and everyone’s favourite presenting duo, Ant & Dec, are back at the helm of the programme.

However, they have come under fire for a joke made on last night’s instalment, involving physicist, author and researcher Stephen Hawking.

Stephen, whose scientific theories have received critical acclaim, has a rare slow-onset form of motor neurone disease, a condition also referred to as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

During last night’s show, footage was played of Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt discussing a time she tried to email Hawking about a time travel theory she had concocted.

However, it’s what happened next that really got on people’s nerves as Ant picked up a phone and pretended to chat to Stephen as an automated voice, similar to the electronic one used by the esteemed professor, played from a nearby speaker.

Unsurprisingly, people were far from amused and took to Twitter, expressing their dismay at the ill-fated joke.

However, other people pointed out the funny side of Scarlett contacting Stephen with her theory.

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