When Celebrity Coacg Trip was filmed in the summer sun of 2018, there was nothing to suggest that Roxanne Pallett would go one to be one of the most vilified TV personalities of 2018.
Fast forward to the series airing on E4 and those that starred in the reality show with Roxanne are now worried about being ‘associated’ with the shamed former soap actress.
The most complained moment on television in 2018 was when the 36-year-old claimed to have ‘assaulted’ Corrie favourite Ryan Thomas , in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
After TV footage proved that Roxanne was lying, the fallout prompted thousands of complaints to Ofcom, as Ryan claimed that Roxanne ‘tried to ruin his career’.
She apologised for the resulting ‘punch gate’ scandal but it wasn’t enough for her to still be vilified on social media, especially with her turn on the E4 show imminent.
Roxanne removed her social media profiles and ‘went into hiding’ following the controversial incident but her return to the small screen is proving to be a worry for those that starred alongside her on the coach trip.
Speaking to Daily Star Online , Union J’s Jaymi Hensley admitted that he has trepidation ahead of the episode being aired and the ‘association’ with Roxanne that gives him.
He said: "Roxanne came on the last day. I got on with her – she wasn’t the same person that she was in Big Brother, it was a very different experience.
"It’s going to be interesting to see how she is on Coach Trip, I remember us all saying it when it happened in CBB."
The public reaction to Roxanne since the CBB incident has led to those who starred alongside her on Coach Trip being ‘worried’ about how they will come out looking from the episode.
There has already been an adverse reaction to Roxanne returning to TV , with many believing she should’ve been cut from the show.
Jaymi continued: "We were quite worried about the show coming out.
"It’s difficult, it was such a big thing that happened in the house and we were worried we would be associated with that.
"The thing that people need to remember is that this was way before CBB, and it was a completely different environment."
It would seem that Roxanne kept herself out of much of the ‘trouble’ on the reality show, ahead of the controversy on Celebrity Big Brother that was to come.
She has slammed reports that she has had to give up on TV opportunities and look for a ‘real job’, following the public fallout.
Celebrity Coach Trip continues Monday at 7:30pm on E4.
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