Keen-eyed viewers expose I’m A Celebrity editing blunder

Jay Laga'aia Was booted off I'm a Celebrity, but made a miraculous return.

Jay Laga'aia Was booted off I'm a Celebrity, but made a miraculous return. Photo: Network

Fans of Network Ten reality series I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here were puzzled during Tuesday night’s episode when an eliminated contestant mysteriously reappeared at the campsite.

Jay Laga’aia was booted off the survival-themed series on Sunday’s episode but managed to make a cameo in the background of a scene featuring contestants T’ziporah Malkah, Steve Price and Kris Smith.

As Malkah, Smith and Price played darts, the New Zealand-Australian actor could be seen in the background, playing the ukelele and singing.

The father-of-eight became the second contestant to be eliminated from the series on February 20 and was supposedly sent packing along with his beloved ukelele.

The series is currently filming in South Africa and while episodes aren’t live, they are supposed to be chronological.

A Network Ten spokesperson attributed the error to a grading glitch, explaining the scene was actually meant to be distinguished as a flashback.

“A scene was incorporated in last night’s show which included a shot of Jay Laga’aia from a previous day,” the spokesperson said.

“This was included because Kris Smith referenced it as the source of tension between himself and Tziporah Malkah.

“In the past when campmates have referenced a past event, the scene is graded differently to clearly differentiate it as past tense. Unfortunately, this did not happen in last night’s show.”

Although the former Play School host’s three-week stint in the jungle was brief, he managed to lose 13kg thanks to the basic food and physical challenges of the show.

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