Shane Richie slams I’m A Celebrity ‘bully’ claims after AJ Pritchard clashes

Shane Richie has hit back at claims he was a bully on I’m A Celebrity.

Viewers claimed he targeted rival campmate AJ Pritchard, 29, in a row over the washing up.

But in his only interview about the spat, he told how footage of them being pals wasn’t shown.

Talking about bullying claims, Shane, 56, said: “Not at all. That is just nonsense. I don’t know where that has come from.

“AJ was teaching me to dance. He would give me a one-to-one. We had some great chats.”

Viewers saw AJ moan that Shane hadn’t been doing a good job when he was on washing up duty.

Fans were then convinced there was tension between them.

But Shane said: “I don’t get it. I didn’t see what they thought they saw.

“Me and AJ, we did a trial together and then when I was leader of the camp and he wanted to do another one I said: ‘AJ mate, do you want to do it? You will be brilliant out there’.

“I used to talk to him about it. I have got two boys. I remember saying, ‘I would be proud to have you as my son’.

“We all got on great and there was no rowing. Nobody fell out with each other.”

Shane was bookies’ favourite to win before the clash.

But after some viewers turned against him, he was voted out on Thursday — meaning he missed out on a place in the final.

Shane insists he was glad to be out so he could get naked without producers watching him.

He said: “It was just lovely to have a shower with no one watching and use a fluffy towel.

“When you’re in camp and you go in the shower, you hear the camera. You think, ‘What do you think you’re going to see? Oh, you want to see my winkle!’

“I didn’t eat as much as I thought. I just put salt in my tea, I put salt in everything just so I could taste salt again. It’s just mad.”

He said he’d lost around a stone in the show during his three-week stint on meagre grub.

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