SIMON Cowell appeared to take a swipe at Fleur East joining I’m a Celebrity during tonight’s X Factor final.
After his one remaining act – Scarlett Lee – performed, Simon told her he could see her nerves and told her to get them in control as her life could be about to change.
However his words of encouragement soon took a bit of a mean turn as he added: “I don’t want you in the jungle in two years time drinking worm juice, I want you on either Broadway or West End or selling records.
“This could change your life babe.”
Audience members could be heard booing Simon while viewers at home immediately took it as a dig at Fleur, who finished runner up on the show in 2014 and is currently in the Australian jungle on the ITV reality show.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Whoa did @SimonCowell just diss @FleurEast? #harsh #XFactor.”
Another added: “I think #XFactor just dissed @FleurEast how rude! She may be in the jungle but she’s amazing! #gofleur.”
A third agreed, writing: “Simon Cowell is an absolute a***hole taking that swipe at Fleur. It’s a dig at himself because his s*** label didn’t know what to do with her cause she wasn’t singing covers at Mother’s Day or Christmas! Plus the joke’s on him…#IAC gets double the viewers of #XFactor.”
Meanwhile a fourth tweeted: “Simon, that was below the belt dig at @FleurEast….she is smashing the jungle and is better off without Syco!!”
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