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Ant McPartlin appears to use 'racist slang' on I'm A Celeb

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has become renowned for the comedic skits between hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

But one 'joke' in particular left a bad taste in several viewers' mouths on Friday night's episode, after Ant appeared to drop a racial slur.

Speaking about the blue jackets the celebrities in the jungle had to wear for a recent task, Dec said that they were being donated to 'underprivileged Australians who suffer terrible working conditions'.

'Is it OK for him to say that?' Ant McPartlin leaves viewers uncomfortable as he appears to use racist slang towards Australian crew

'Is it OK for him to say that?' Ant McPartlin leaves viewers uncomfortable as he appears to use racist slang towards Australian crew

The camera then cut to the crew of the show, all wearing the blue tops. Ant appeared to then say: 'Poor souls, they get paid in abos.'

The term 'abo' is defined as 'a contemptuous term used to refer to an Australian Aborigine' - and viewers picking up on it flocked to Twitter to express their dismay. MailOnline has contacted a rep for the show for comment. 

'Did he say "they get paid in Abos"?' one person asked on Twitter, as another posted: 'Paid in Abos!! Little racist there.'

A third wrote: 'Is it OK for Ant to refer to "Abbos" on

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