'I'm A Celebrity' Star Announces She's Vegan - Just Days Before Entering The Jungle

The show has come under fire from activists in the past due to its use of animals for entertainment
How will comic Khorsandi deal with the jungle? (Photo: ITV)

Stand-up comic - and vegan - Shappi Khorsandi may find she has a tough time taking part in this year's I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here.

The veteran performer, who has appeared on stage at the famous Apollo, and has a novel coming out next year, confirmed her appearance today.

A tweet posted on her official Twitter account confirmed that the star will be taking part in the show.

It says: "It's official! Shappi is off to the jungle for @ITV's @imacelebrity! Check in here for any Shappi news, updates and voting info."

Insects

Contestants on the show often find themselves asked to consume animal parts like kangaroo scrotums and wichety grubs. They also often have to take part in other forfeits which involve various creatures.

These stunts have meant the popular ITV reality program has come under fire from animal rights activists.

How easy will it be for a vegan to be in close proximity to this type of animal exploitation?

Veggie in the Jungle

DJ Tony Blackburn managed to stick to his veggie principles when he entered the jungle in the first series of the show in 2002.

Veggie Timmy Mallet did drink a smoothie made from insects including cockroaches.

Whether or not Khorsandi will stick to her guns remains to be seen.

Movement

Writing in The Independent last week, Khorsandi spoke about veganism saying: "The last few months have marked a significant chapter in my life: I have started to come out to my friends and family as vegan. 

"Becoming vegan isn’t just about food. 

"It’s a movement - one that I’ve joined - and, like all movements, there are disagreements within because none of us are exactly the same and some of us are insufferable hectoring hummus warriors."

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