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People weren't happy with Ant and Dec's Stephen Hawking joke on I'm A Celeb last night

“Nah you don’t go after Stephen Hawking like that lads. Not cool.”

ANT AND DEC have been beloved by TV audiences for years, but apparently, even they can put a foot wrong sometimes.

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In their opening sketch on I’m A Celebrity last night, the pair reacted to Scarlett Moffatt revealing she once tried to contact Professor Stephen Hawking to share her theory on time travel.

Ant called up ‘Stephen Hawking’ on his phone, and was greeted by an electronic voice mimicking the physicist’s speech-generating device:

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Viewers weren’t at all impressed by the bit, calling it a ‘cheap’ joke at Hawking’s expense:

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Others were quick to point out that Hawking has appeared on The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory (a grand total of five times), and is obviously in possession of a sense of humour.

Now Ant and Dec, the people have spoken: Less attempts at comedy, more presenting. Back in yer box.

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