I'm a Celebrity's Colin Fassnidge says he feels sorry for Pete Evans' children - who have become 'collateral damage' because of their
I’m a Celebrity’s Colin Fassnidge says he feels sorry for Pete Evans’ children – who have become ‘collateral damage’ because of their dad’s extreme views
Colin Fassnidge has shared his thoughts on the spectacular downfall of his former My Kitchen Rules co-star Pete Evans.
The Irish chef, 45, said that Pete’s teenage daughters, Chilli and Indii, have become ‘collateral damage’ as he continues to push his extreme views on social media.
In deleted footage from I’m a Celebrity, Colin told fellow camper Grant Denyer that the relentless backlash must be taking a toll on the girls.
Speaking out: I’m a Celebrity’s Colin Fassnidge has shared his thoughts on the spectacular downfall of his former My Kitchen Rules co-star Pete Evans
‘For your kids as well, they’re the collateral damage,’ he said.
Pete shares his children with ex-partner Astrid Edlinger. He is now married to former glamour model Nicola Robinson.
Grant noted that Pete ‘courts’ much of the negative media attention himself.
Speaking in a private confessional later, Colin admitted that Pete had ‘overstepped the boundary’ by sharing a neo-Nazi cartoon on social media.
Media attention: The Irish chef said that Pete’s (left) teenage daughters, Chilli (right) and Indii, have become ‘collateral damage’ as he continues to push his extreme views on social media
‘There’s something you just don’t do,’ he said firmly.
‘He’s gotten in a lot of trouble lately for his views,’ he continued.
‘I do not agree with any of the views, [but] the media is absolutely hounding him, whether that’s his own making, well, you know…’
Family: Pete shares his children (both pictured) with ex-partner Astrid Edlinger. He is now married to former glamour model Nicola Robinson
Pete was set to join the cast of I’m a Celebrity but was scrapped after the neo-Nazi meme scandal broke in November.
Colin was his last-minute replacement.
The Paleo chef had posted a cartoon on Facebook of a caterpillar wearing a MAGA cap and a butterfly with the neo-Nazi Black Sun emblem on its wing, with the suggestion being that neo-Nazism is the natural evolution for Trump supporters.
Co-stars: Colin and Pete worked on Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules together as judges
Evans is an enthusiastic supporter of the former president and advocates the baseless claim that Joe Biden only won the 2020 election due to voter fraud.
In response to the scandal, he was dropped by more than 15 brands and sponsors, including Kmart, Coles, Big W, David Jones and Woolworths.
Pete had previously copped a major fine from the Therapeutic Goods Administration when he promoted the $15,000 BioCharger lamp as a potential Covid-19 cure.
Scandal: Pete was set to join the cast of I’m a Celebrity but was scrapped after the neo-Nazi meme scandal broke in November. Colin was his last-minute replacement
History of Pete Evans’ controversies
October 2014: Pete claims the Paleo diet can prevent autism
March 2015: His book is pulled from shelves due to its bone broth recipe for infants
July 2016: Pete claims vegan women should eat meat during pregnancy, advises against wearing ‘normal’ sunscreen, and claims Wi-Fi is ‘dangerous’
August 2016: He says osteoporosis suffers shouldn’t eat dairy
September 2016: Pete claims camel milk could supplement breastfeeding
April 2017: Pete campaigns against the ‘mass fluoridation of public water’
December 2018: Pete reveals he looks directly into the sun
April 2020: Pete’s ketogenic recipe book is slammed by health professionals and he is fined for promoting his ‘healing lamp’
May 2020: Reveals he is an anti-vaxxer during Kyle And Jackie O radio interview
June 2020: Shares his conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on 60 Minutes
July 2020: Interview conspiracy theorist and anti-semite David Icke on his podcast
November 2020: Shares a neo-Nazi meme and is subsequently dropped from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as his products are pulled from over 15 retailers