Anne Hegerty defends I’m A Celebrity co-star Nick Knowles against ‘idiots’ after backlash

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Anne Hegerty, 62, has told Nick Knowles, 58, to “ignore” a comment made by a follower on Twitter who slammed him for hosting Home Is Where The Art Is. The Governess star condemned “idiots” who were unhappy that her I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! co-star fronted the BBC show after allegedly being a moon landing “conspiracist”.

Let’s ignore them!

Anne Hegerty

The Twitter user had initially typed: “I saw an episode of Home Is Where the Art Is.

“I was disturbed to see that the presenter was @MrNickKnowles!

“I remember him from IACGMOOH a few years ago.

“Knowles is a conspiracy theorist who expounded his theory that humans have never stepped on the moon!” (sic)

An eagle-eyed Nick spotted the tweet and decided to clarify that his comment to Anne while appearing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! was simply a joke between friends.

Nick retweeted the post in view of his 158,700 followers and replied: “I think you need to take life less seriously and realise I might have been winding @anne_hegerty my lovely friend up, to while away the long hours in the jungle.

“Disturbing that someone joking with a friend might then present a show eh?” (sic)

The Governess star stepped in to defend Nick and urged him to ignore the comments.

She wrote: “Some people are idiots, Nick.  Let’s ignore them!”

Nick and Anne appeared on the reality show set in the Australian jungle back in 2018.

The DIY SOS presenter had left his campmates, and viewers, baffled as he insisted Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin never set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

“No one’s landed on the moon,” he said. “No we haven’t. When [the US] discovered they couldn’t get to the moon they faked it.”

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At the time Anne had attempted to dispel his arguments, telling him the Russians were tracking the US mission, how they managed to take photos and how the astronauts avoided radiation poisoning.

Emily Atack was unconvinced by Knowles’ claims, branding them “b*******”. 

She said: “Nick has one of those voices where you believe everything he says – but I don’t believe we didn’t go to the moon.

“I think it’s b*******. I think we have landed on the moon.”

Some viewers mirrored Emily’s sentiments, branding Nick “arrogant” and an “idiot”.

One tweeted: “Look Nick, if Anne says humans have gone to moon then we’ve f****** been to the moon!! #imaceleb.”

Viewers were fuming with the presenter-turned-musician after he refused to back down despite The Chase quizzer appearing to dispel his claims.

However, it appears that the pair have since resolved the disagreement and are good pals.

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