I’m A Celebrity’s Grace Dent made ‘crass jokes’ about co-star Nigel Farage‘s horrific plane crash in resurfaced Tweets.
Nigel, 59, was left injured so badly in the near-fatal accident in 2010 that he underwent a neck reconstruction and had his leg in a plaster cast for a year.
A source close to the former politician claimed Grace’s comments were ‘a step too far,’ according to The Sun.
At the time, the restaurant critic, 50, shared to Twitter: ‘I hope none of the people who saved Nigel Farage’s life today were pesky immigrants.’
A source close to the politician told the publication: ‘The truth is that he very nearly died in that crash. He is lucky to be alive. Any joke about the plane crash is crass and poor taste.’
Comments: I’m A Celebrity’s Grace Dent, 50, made ‘crass jokes’ about co-star Nigel Farage’s horrific plane crash in resurfaced Tweets
Scary: Nigel, 59, was left injured so badly in the near-fatal accident in 2010 that he underwent a neck reconstruction and had his leg in a plaster cast for a year.
They added: ‘No one who saw them will forget the pictures of him being pulled from the wreckage.
‘Nigel is always up for a debate — especially with those who may not like him — but citing the crash is a step too far.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives of both Grace Dent and Nigel Farage for comment.
Nigel underwent a major spinal operation following the accident 13 years ago when his light aircraft nosedived to the ground injuring him and the pilot.
The plane was towing a Vote Ukip banner that accidentally wrapped around the tail and rudder during the flight.
In 2013, Farage revealed that he had an operation, saying he had ‘a couple of discs removed from my neck and replaced,’ though his neck was already weak from a previous car crash.
The restaurant critic will be joining Hollyoaks actor Nick, 48, and eight other celebrities entering the iconic I’m A Celebrity camp in Sunday night’s episode.
She could have an awkward face-to-face with Nick as she once lambasted him in a review about his time Celebrity Masterchef – saying she would rather jump out of a car than watch him.
‘Poor taste’: At the time, the restaurant critic shared to Twitter: ‘I hope none of the people who saved Nigel Farage’s life today were pesky immigrants’
Crass: A source close to the former politician claimed Grace’s comments were ‘a step too far,’ according to The Sun
But Grace has insisted she isn’t worried about meeting anyone in the camp who she has previously criticised, saying her comments are always made in ‘good spirits’.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline ahead of her jungle debut, she said: ‘Anything I’ve ever said over the years is always just full of humour and silliness.
‘I am a massive television fan. I’m a massive reality television fan. So, anything I’ve ever said there’s been in really, really good spirits, hopefully.’
In 2011, Grace referred to Nick as ‘him who plays Tony in Hollyoaks‘ in a review about his time on Celebrity Masterchef, before adding: ‘Masterchef has fallen.’
The actor, who has starred on the Channel 4 soap for 28 years, was seen clumsily gutting a sole, splashing guts, brains and skin about, then frying the salvageable detritus on the programme alongside the likes of actress Sharon Maughan and former Newsnight presenter, Kirsty Wark.
Writing in the Guardian newspaper, Grace, 50, said: ‘I’d as much choose to watch people badly gutting, scaling and de-braining animals on TV as I would gleefully jump out of a car on to the hard shoulder. And if it’s not bloody, it’s just bloody awful.’
It isn’t the first time that Grace’s previous columns have come back to haunt her as last week, old comments emerged where she slated I’m A Celebrity, branding it ‘puerile’.
She wrote: ‘Let’s be frank, I’m a Celeb, love it or hate it, is far from a deluxe viewing experience.
‘It is a puerile venture into starvation, televised constipation and animal cruelty, abbreviated by ads for Iceland £1 curries.
Awkward! She could also have an awkward run in with Nick Pickard as she once lambasted him in a review – saying she would rather jump out of a car than watch him on Masterchef
‘I snap my blinds firmly shut before settling down to watch I’m a Celeb, in fear that the theme tune alone devalues my property.’
She has now signed up to enter the jungle and admitted that she doesn’t think she will be crowned the 2023 winner as she shared her hopes for the show.
She told MailOnline: ‘I’m never going to win, but I just want to stay long enough that I feel like I’ve had an amazing experience. Nobody ever wants to go first. And I don’t want to walk. But if I can stay for the duration, and stay for a good couple of weeks, I’ll be the happiest girl ever.
‘I think that going in with a plan to win in the jungle is exhausting and will take away from the experience. I just want to have a wonderful time. I want to look back and think about making rice and beans on the fire, and just laughing with people, and making friends.’
Grace said her only aim is to try and make some ‘lifelong friends’ in the camp, and confessed that she is scared of ‘absolutely everything’ as she looked ahead to the gruelling trials.
‘My fears are absolutely everything. I don’t think there’s anything that they’re planning to do to me on I’m a Celeb that I particularly like,’ she admitted.
‘So, I’m not particularly happy about the sort of height, things with many legs, snakes. I’m scared at some level of all of these things, but it’s going to be a wild ride.’
Grace admitted it is very ’emotional’ to be going on I’m A Celebrity because her late parents were huge fans of the show.
However, she confessed that her mother always told her not to go on the ITV contest herself because she wanted her to be ‘safe’ and not take part in the ‘stressful’ trials.
Grace said: ‘I know that my mother would be absolutely livid on one level that I said yes because every year she used to say to me, “Don’t say yes to Jungle. Don’t.” She only ever called it Jungle, only one word.
Cast: Grace is set to appear alongside Sam Thompson, EastEnders’ Danielle Harold and First Dates Maitre’d Fred Sirieix before joining the rest of the cast in the Jungle
Uncertain: The MasterChef critic is set to make her jungle debut in Sunday night’s episode and will face a nail-biting skyscraper challenge upon her arrival
‘And she thought so, “Yes, whatever you…” And she used to breathe a sigh of relief every year when she saw that you guys have found out who was going in.
‘What my mother would like me to have done is basically just sit on the sofa, wrapped in a duvet, and be safe,’ she added. ‘So, I think my mother just always was amazed at why I pushed myself to do really stressful things.’
But Grace said losing both of her parents made her realise that life is ‘short’ and persuaded her to sign up for I’m A Celebrity.
She said: ‘This is an experience that money can’t buy. And I think I’m stupid to say no. I think it’s stupid to say no. I think there are people out there that would give their absolute back teeth to have some of these wonderful experiences.’