Nick Knowles clapped back at body-shamers after the DIY: SOS Children In Need special (Picture: BBC)
The gang headed to Caswell Bay, in Swansea, to convert a run down bus shelter into a surf centre for charity Surfability UK – who provide surfing lessons for people with disabilities and learning difficulties.
The presenter, 58, addressed his lockdown transformation in the very first minutes of the instalment, telling his co-stars: ‘I’ve become a massive surfer during lockdown.’
When Jules quipped: ‘You’ve certainly become massive, alright,’ he joked that the camera ‘added 10lbs’.
However, some viewers watching on from home were more focused on Nick’s appearance than the positive work he was doing for charity.
Taking to Twitter, he urged people to pay more attention to the emotional scenes.
‘Yes we are not actors,’ the star wrote. ‘Yes I’m large after lockdown. Yes my hair is a mess.
‘I don’t care. It’s @DIYSOS!!!! Concentrate on the story.’
This didn’t appear to dissuade some, with a follower posting: ‘The comments I’ve read tonight are just vile, people really can be so nasty!
‘Nick, you and myself can lose weight but these idiots will still be the nasty, horrible people they are.
‘Keep up the good work on @DIYSOS and ignore the idiots.’
Nick addressed his lockdown transformation in the very first minute of the show (Picture: BBC)
To which the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star replied: ‘Oh I’m not bothered – if they can watch an SOS like this and that’s what they think about they’re beyond redemption.’
Hitting back at one Twitter user who branded him ‘unhealthy’ and ‘concerning large [sic]’, he added: ‘No it isn’t and thanks for your concern’.
Nick also spoke to Metro.co.uk about why he wanted to be so upfront about his ‘weight gain’ during lockdown.
He explained that he wanted to address this so that people who were struggling with their own changes this year felt something ‘positive’.
Lifting the lid on the Children In Need special of DIY: SOS, he told us: ‘We start the show with me looking hairy, bearded and very fat.
‘I put on weight during lockdown, because I was doing a lot of writing and not being able to travel much, and had a small injury which meant I couldn’t do the training that lots of other [people] were doing.
‘People are feeling self conscious about weight that they might have put on, or the fact that their hair has grown long, all those things…
‘I thought, actually it’s not a bad way to start, to actually just fess up at the start, saying, “It doesn’t matter, you get through it however you get through it”.
‘There’s lots of little layers and things that we put in to try and make people feel okay with it all, and try and give people that sort of positivity.’
DIY: SOS’ Children In Need special is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.
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