Nicola McLean’s awkward reunion with IAC co-star years after assault on air

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star Nicola McLean shared the awkward time she was reunited with co-star David Van Day.

The pair clashed in the jungle in 2008 after many blazing rows and an incident where David slapped the former Page 3 icon's bum when she was 23.

Nicola, now 41, exclusively told us about the time they were reunited after they both left the show.

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She said: "I saw him when you get out for the reunion bit in the Versace when they're still filming you for ITV2's I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here Now!

"He came over and tried to be like well played and he tried to make out for him it was a joke and we were in on the joke together and we really excelled and I was like 'I hated you in there, I hate you out of here, nothing's changed'.

"I have seen him after years and years ago and I maintained the same thing, I don't like him."

Talking about the specific incident when he kissed her and smacked her bum, Nicola said: "I mean now if that happened he would have been kicked out immediately.

"It was weird, the producers wouldn't have asked me about it they would have straight away called him in and made him leave.

"I don't think you are allowed to do that to someone, are you? It seemed alien to me then but we are so much further forward with it all now."

Explaining what happened in more detail, Nicola added: "We had to clean a van and they told you what to wear and they said 'put your swimwear on'.

"And he was being really weird and slapping my bum and that was really f***ing odd and I was like 'oh my god' trying to laugh it off as I was so uncomfortable and makes it so much worse that no one stepped in.

"You could clearly see I was uncomfortable and it wasn't like I had a flirty relationship in there with him and that happened, we didn't like each other.

"There was no friendship so I can't see how producers or anyone could have deemed it any other way than just a lunatic. It was really weird but I don't think it would be allowed now."

In an old clip of the incident, Nicola could be heard saying: "When he smacked my bum, I thought no you are actually not normal."

David, 65, told her after: "You are very sexy when you're angry, shall we try to get some of this stuff off? as she tried to wipe her down.

Nicola added: "You're psychologically damaged. I'm scared of you, you are a lunatic."

I'm A Celebrity airs nightly on ITV and ITV Hub

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