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ITV to Invest £1 Million to Secure Notable Rapper for I'm A Celebrity

8 October 2023
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ITV to Invest £1 Million to Secure Notable Rapper for I'm A Celebrity

Flava Flav's Million-Dollar Controversy

Reports suggest that ITV is in talks with the renowned rapper, Flava Flav, to feature in the upcoming 2023 series of "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" for a staggering £1 million fee.

Flava Flav, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., is best known for his role in the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy. However, his potential inclusion in the show has sparked controversy due to his troubling history of domestic violence and past struggles with addiction.

Controversy Surrounding Flava Flav

Flava Flav's history includes convictions for domestic violence and drug offenses, raising concerns among women's charities. In 1991, he was jailed for assaulting Karen Ross, the mother of his children. Two years later, he faced charges related to drugs and domestic violence. In 2012, he was arrested for threatening his fiancée's teenage son with a knife during an argument in Las Vegas.

Mixed Reactions to Flava Flav's Potential Casting

While talks between ITV and Flava Flav are still ongoing and nothing has been confirmed, sources indicate that there is significant interest in signing this American music icon. However, his troubled past has raised concerns, especially in today's climate.

A TV insider stated, "Although negotiations are ongoing and no deal has been finalized, there's considerable excitement surrounding the potential addition of this high-profile American music star to the ITV lineup, given his legendary status in the rap world. Yet, his prior legal issues are a matter of concern and don't align well with today's values."

High Stakes and Contract Value

It's worth noting that the contract in question is rumored to be one of the most lucrative in the history of the show, potentially amounting to £1 million.

Concerns from Women's Charities

Teresa Parker, a spokeswoman for Women's Aid, expressed disappointment over the consideration of someone with a long history of domestic abuse for a prominent prime-time program. She emphasized the importance of being selective about the individuals celebrated on such shows.

The next season of "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" is scheduled to air in November.

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