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Youtuber Jack Maynard axed from I'm a Celebrity after old tweets resurface

Maynard reportedly posted a series of homophobic and racist slurs and mocked people with facial deformities.

Jack Maynard (left) and his brother Conor Maynard attend the 2016 Attitude Awards.
Jack Maynard (left) and his brother Conor Maynard attend the 2016 Attitude Awards.
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YOUTUBE STAR JACK Maynard has left I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! due to allegations of racism and homophobia following the reemergence of old tweets.

The 22-year-old, who has over 1.2 million subscribers on Youtube, exited the jungle after several of his tweets, which featured inappropriate language, were published by The Sun.

He appeared on last night’s show but presenters Ant and Dec confirmed his removal half-way through the programme, telling viewers they could not vote for him in tonight’s bushtucker trial.

A statement from Maynard’s publicist confirmed that he is leaving the ITV show less than three days after it started.

“In the last few days Jack Maynard has been the subject of a succession of media stories which, given his position as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! – filmed in the Australian jungle, with no contact with the outside world, he has been unable to respond to.

Since it is only fair that everyone should be aware of any allegations made against them and should also have the right to defend themselves, it was agreed that it would be better to bring him out of the show.

In tweets posted between 2011 and 2013 Maynard, who is the brother of singer Conor Maynard, reportedly posted a series of homophobic and racist slurs and mocked people with facial deformities.

His representative added that he was “ashamed” of the tweets and realises that the language he used was “completely unacceptable”.

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