Way back in November, keen Lorraine fans – or Nigel fans for that matter – will remember the 63-year-old presenter poking fun at the former UKIP leader.
She shared her disbelief over the pro-Brexit campaigner’s age when discussing his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.
Nigel, 59, who also flashed his bum a few times to unsuspecting campmates, was the topic of Lorraine’s ITV daytime show on November 21.
When discovering his age, the Scottish presenter declared he looked a ‘hell of a lot older’ and added: ‘That’s astonishing. That shows you get the face that you deserve.’
She was slapped with 354 complaints in just seven days according to the television watchdog, which investigates and sanctions shows that fall below acceptable standards.
Lorraine Kelly received hundreds of complaints over her comments (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
The comments were made while interviewing former politician and campmate Edwina Currie.
She was explaining her thoughts about why he had signed up for the show, she reasoned that the politician likely thought he could ‘enhance his reputation’.
‘What’s he in for? I think he is in there because he thinks he can enhance his reputation and be seen as a responsible and intelligent and worthy person of some kind or other and perhaps…he’s only what…59?’ she said.
‘He’s got plenty of years ahead of him.’
At this moment, Lorraine jumped in and was clearly shocked by Nigel’s age, exclaiming; ‘Oh, is he?’
She said Nigel Farage looked much older than he is(Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
The politician wasn’t shy while in the jungle(Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
She then went on to make the comments which some – 354 to be exact – felt the comment amounted to ‘body shaming’.
One viewer wrote on X at the time: ‘I’m no fan of Nigel but Lorraine that comment was below the belt. You never would say that about a woman.’
Ofcom did not feel the same and said: ‘We considered complaints from viewers who objected to comments made about Nigel Farage’s physical appearance.
‘In our view, the brief exchange between the host and a reporter were part of a light-hearted discussion about jungle life, and within audience expectations for this programme.’
Nigel wasn’t the only campmate at the centre of an Ofcom backlash – so was Nella Rose (Picture: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock)
Lorraine won’t have to issue an apology according to Ofcom (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
This was brush aside after a short time as the duo appeared to patch things up when they moved into a luxury camp and took part in a challenge together.
Sam Thompson was crowned the eventual King of the Jungle to his and viewers’ delight, with Tony Bellew in second place and Nigel in third.
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