CELEBRITY Masterchef were left fuming at tonight’s “insensitive” Jubilee themed episode and have demanded an apology.
The BBC cooking competition was back on our screens with a double bill, airing at 8.30pm to 10pm.
The famous faces returned for the semi-finals and were tasked with cooking a special dish to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Love Island’s Faye Winter, former footie pro Jimmy Bullard, McFly’s Danny Jones, model and presenter Lisa Snowden, Drag Race star Kitty Scott-Claus, Singer Mel Blatt and actor Cliff Parisi returned to the kitchen tonight as they battled it out.
Judge Greg Wallace told the contestants that they would be cooking a special dish to celebrate The Queen.
He said: “This year saw the Royal Jubilee of her Majesty the Queen, what we would like is a dish dedicated to the Jubilee, dedicated to the Queen.”
Although the episode was filmed before the death of Queen Elizabeth II, fans thought the timing of the episode was “insensitive” and “awkward”.
One wrote: “Awks #CelebrityMasterChef of course they wouldn’t of known but maybe should of delayed?”
Another posted: “Why didn’t they edit this down?? #CelebrityMasterChef”
A third said: “All the BBC executives when they realise the timing of this episode. #CelebrityMasterChef”
“A bit insensitive. #CelebrityMasterChef,” a fourth simply tweeted.
Another echoed: “#CelebrityMasterChef with some epic timing here.”
Someone else chimed in: “Feel very awkward about The Queen being talked about as if she is here. #badtaste #CelebrityMasterChef”
Another agreed: “The timing of this programme is slightly awkward. #CelebrityMasterChef”
“Em #CelebrityMasterChef contestants making food for the Queen’s Jubilee. Appreciate it was recorded a while back but it’s quite jarring listening to their comments,” an unhappy fan commented.
The BBC pushed back the Celebrity MasterChef final after it was postponed in a schedule shake-up.
The BBC cooking competition was set to air its three finals episodes this week.
However, the schedules have changed at short notice to replace Tuesday’s instalment with an episode of The One Show paying tribute to the Queen.
Finals week was set to kick off at 9pm on BBC One, but now tonight’s TV listings have moved the magazine show, which usually airs at 7pm, into the slot with a special episode called Our Queen Remembered.
Now, the grand final is set to air on Thursday, 22 September at 8.30pm.
Celebrity MasterChef fans are also still waiting to find out which five contestants have actually made it into the final, as two of last week’s three semi-finals episodes were not aired.
The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has caused much of the TV schedule to be cleared ahead of the historic state funeral.
Her Majesty died peacefully last Thursday – marking an end to her historic reign and sparking an outpouring of grief.
The nation will come together to mourn Queen Elizabeth II during a minute’s silence on Sunday.
Millions are expected to take to their doorsteps at 8pm to pay tribute to Her Majesty.