So, ITV have decided that catching a rat and cooking it in a risotto for our TV viewing pleasure is worth apologising for. Pourquoi? And, more to the point, for why?
We are very much against the killing of rats (except when they invade our own homes in which circumstance they can get ready to meet their maker), especially for a prime time show where we would rather see the presenters – one Ant, one Dec – get their heads cut off and made into a rustic Italian delicacy.
But is it not a bit on the hip-hip-hypocritical side seeing as how many other creatures get squashed, bitten, trodden on, swum into and generally abused on the show? It’s a veritable Holocaust for invertibrates, whether you’re a crab or a caterpillar, so why all of a sudden are we hearing an apology for the killing of a rat which was at least eaten?
Could it be to cover up the fact that the rat has come out of the bag that them there rats are in fact showbiz rodents, trained and cared for and planted on the show to make it seem that the ‘jungle’ isn’t just the back garden of the Versace Hotel?
Meanwhile, Gino ‘Ginelli’ D’Acampo, apparently a chef on the telly, and his co-‘star’ Stuart Manning are going to be prosecuted for animal cruelty by the Australians. So, Ant and Dec beat the rap again?