Jack Maynard forced to quit I'm A Celeb to 'defend himself' over offensive tweets

Vlogger Jack Maynard has been forced to leave the I'm a Celeb jungle to defend himself in the wake of offensive tweets surfacing on social media.

The Youtube star has had to leave the jungle to apologise for a number of racist and homophobic tweets that were published by The Sun whilst Maynard was in Australia.

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In an agreement reached between ITV and Maynard's publicist, it was decided Maynard should be allowed to leave the jungle should he need to defend himself for the tweets.

The tweets were written by a 17 year old Maynard mainly between 2011 and 2012. They included uses of the n word and a number of homophobic slurs.

The tweets include uses of the word 'faggot', and a repetitive use of the 'n word' in a number of inappropriate contexts.

A spokeswoman for Jack said:

“Jack is ashamed of these tweets, many were deleted a long time ago. He would never use that language now and realises this kind of retaliatory, inflammatory, insulting language is completely unacceptable.”

The tweets have since been deleted, but Maynard will not be returning to the jungle.

Maynard was one of ten contestants taking part in the show, but it is unclear who will be taking his place.

The circulation of Maynard's old offensive tweets comes just after similar tweets surfaced from fellow Youtuber Zoella and former Gay Times editor Josh Rivers.

Both were forced to make public apologies, with Rivers' employment at Gay Times being terminated.

In today's climate of hyper-vigilance on social media, it seems little goes unnoticed in regards to old faux-pas.