Witchetty grubs are apparently off the I'm A Celebrity menu to avoid offending aboriginal Australians

Witchetty grubs have regularly featured in gruesome eating challenges on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! but now they have reportedly been axed from the menu.

The wood-eating moth larvae have been scrapped after concerns the challenges could be offensive to aboriginal Australians.

That doesn’t mean contestants will be spared stomach-churning challenges though. Last night the show celebrated its 300th bushtucker trial with a knees-up guaranteed to cause a hangover.

Homes Under The Hammer host Martin Roberts went head to head with dancer Ola Jordan and Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas took on comedian Joel Dommett in downing pints of pureed jungle critters.

Jordan downed Special Spew (blended beech worms) and Bodding Tongues, Roberts drank Fly Neken (flies and fly pupae) and Sam Mig Hell (blended cockroaches), Dommett knocked back Newcastle Brown Snail and Blood Weiser (blended cow’s heart), and Thomas supped on Ham Stel (blended pig’s penis) and Strong Toe (blended camel’s hoof).

As all four contestants accepted their challenges, it came down to a tie break which Thomas won after beating Dommett to be the first to finish a pint of Claws Light (blended crocodile anus) and Jordan was victorious in drinking Baa Ling (blended sheep’s testicles) as her opponent Roberts vomited.

Ray Mears has previously said that the fetishising of the consumption of witchetty grubs was “disrespectful of the culture”.

He added: “It’s rather like someone coming to Britain and saying, ‘Eating a roast potato, isn’t that weird?’

“The witchetty grub that the aboriginal people depend upon is a vital, important source of protein. It was a very important thing and it has a religious significance and so for us to go and make fun of that without showing any kind of respect is very disrespectful.”

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