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Chloe Madeley has fought back at I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! viewers who have branded her husband James Haskell a ‘bully’.

The rugby ace has found himself embroiled in various spats with campmates, shutting down Kate Garraway and making digs at Corrie’s Andy Whyment while he also sparked a flurry of Ofcom complaints over a joke about clubfoot.

But that’s the result of an empty stomach and minimal sleep, Chloe explained during today’s Lorraine.

‘I think he just had a really grumpy day and when you’re sleep deprived and food deprived and when you’re with people you’re not necessarily friends with on the outside world, and when you’re having a moody day you do just kind of snap a bit,’ the fitness pro told the host.

‘I think the B word is a little bit intense.’

She added: ‘I just wanted to go in there and give him a hug and give him some food. I’m really proud of him, despite his hangry moments.’

Andrew Maxwell became the second celebrity to leave the jungle last night and immediately fought James’ corner too.

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After Ant and Dec showed the comedian clips of James getting frustrated with his campmates, but Andrew explained: ‘James is either relentlessly keeping people’s spirits up with banter, or he’s constantly consoling and supporting people. Being a life coach.

‘The only thing outside of that is he hates dithering. So any dithering on a Dingo Dollar answer, it just absolutely flips his lid.’

Referring to James’ rugby background, he continued: ‘I guess in his head it’s half time, we need to change tactics, we’re 15 behind we can still take them.

‘We’ve got all day to dither. But again if you don’t expose some sort of weak point while you’re here for weeks on end, what are you? You’ve got to be a robot.’

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me out of Here! continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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