BREAKING: Pete Evans is dropped from I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! after sharing a neo-Nazi meme on Instagram
Channel 10 has cut all ties with Pete Evans after the disgraced celebrity chef shared a neo-Nazi meme to Instagram on Sunday then offered a sarcastic non-apology.
The former My Kitchen Rules judge, 47, was set to join the cast of reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! – which begins filming this week – but the network pulled the plug overnight in response to his latest controversy.
‘Network 10 can confirm that Pete Evans will not be appearing on this season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.
Boned: Channel 10 has cut all ties with Pete Evans (pictured) after the disgraced celebrity chef shared a neo-Nazi meme on Instagram then offered a sarcastic non-apology
The decision to drop Evans was an abrupt one, as he had already started his mandatory pre-show quarantine, reports the Herald Sun.
News of his involvement in the show only broke on Monday afternoon, when the Ben, Rob and Robbo Show confirmed he’d signed a deal with 10 and was preparing to begin filming in northern New South Wales.
Entertainment journalist Ben Norris claimed on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Tuesday that Channel 10 executives went into a ‘meltdown’ the previous afternoon when Evans’ publisher Pan Macmillan dropped him in response to his extreme views.
The decision to dump him from I’m a Celebrity was made just hours later.
Dumped: The former MKR judge was set to join the cast of reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! – which begins filming next week – but the network pulled the plug overnight in response to his latest controversy. Pictured: I’m a Celebrity hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris
Evans had sparked outrage earlier in the week when he shared neo-Nazi content on Facebook.
He posted a meme of a caterpillar wearing a MAGA cap and butterfly with the racist Black Sun emblem on its wing – with the suggestion being that neo-Nazism is the natural evolution for Trump supporters.
Evans is an enthusiastic supporter of the president and supports the baseless claim that Joe Biden only won the election due to voter fraud.
The Black Sun symbol became infamous after it was introduced by top-ranking Nazi Heinrich Himmler during World War II. The symbol has since been adopted by numerous neo-Nazi groups, and by Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant.