‘I’m A Celebrity’ stunt goes way too far
TELEVISION viewers watched on in horror at a dangerous stunt on the UK version of I'm A Celeb as it took a turn for the worst.
As the moment unfolded contestant Iain Lee became increasingly panicked telling the show's hosts, "I can't breathe".
Lee, who is an English comedian and broadcaster, was chosen to complete a Bushtucker Trial on the show which is currently being filmed in the "Australian Jungle" (aka Springbrook National Park in Queensland).
The challenge involved Lee swimming to the bottom of a deep pool, and weaving his way to several Perspex tanks of air - his only way of getting oxygen - in a maze type structure filled with water critters, including snakes.
The problem became increasingly apparent when Lee began to struggle to fit through the tunnels causing him to panic.
The comedian returns to a Perspex box and tells the show's hosts, "I can't breathe" but they encourage him to continue.
They pump the box with new oxygen and even restart the clock several times in the hopes he will push through.
The comedian takes a few moments before trying again but returns to the same box repeatedly telling the hosts, "I can't do it".
After a tense few minutes Lee, 44 returns to the safety of the surface.
Wasting no time he confesses to the hosts, "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here!" before the show's medic gives him oxygen.
Lee later said, "I'm not a strong swimmer. That should have been okay. That box was tiny. I couldn't catch my breath. I just started panicking and erm, yeah, I ballsed up."
Disappointed, he said his children, "would have done that, easy", as he apologised for letting them down.
Lee said, "I feel gutted. It was really traumatic. I'm not a very strong swimmer. The camp are going to be you know, they'll be gutted. It was on my head. Terrible terrible. Literally the best I could do was that."