The Games Holly Willoughby slams co-star after ‘shaft’ jibe

Holly Willoughby savagely shut down her co-host Freddie Flintoff during a racy moment on ITV’s The Games.

This Morning star Holly was forced to give former cricketer Freddie a stern telling off when he made a cheeky joke about ‘holding shafts’ right before the celeb javelin challenge on Wednesday night (May 11).

Freddie asked the studio how to hold a shaft correctly, prompting Holly to say “enough of that” before complaining that the show was no longer “PG” and hastily trying to move the segment on.

It kicked off when their co-star, Yung Filly, offered up a fun fact about the athletics event.

He said: “Did you know that the body of the javelin is called the shaft, and the sharp bit is called the tip?”



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Holly told off co-star Freddie Flintoff for his rude-sounding jibe on ITV’s The Games

Freddie then asked, “Is there a correct way to hold the shaft?”, Which prompted Yung Filly to stare at the camera, but laughs could be heard in the studio.

Holly quickly dismissed the question as she said, “It’s quite enough of that, this event feels a little less PG now.”

Freddie looked bemused at the camera, presumably teasing his co-stars with apparent naivety.

Ever the professional, she linked into the next section as she continued: “But it is time to see how the women got on in the javelin event earlier.”



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Freddie asked the panel ‘how to hold a shaft’ during a javelin segment

It’s not the first time the new ITV sports show has aired a rude moment, as the former Corrie star Ryan Thomas suffered an epic wardrobe malfunction earlier this week.

The soap star was competing in the swimming event when his swimming trunks fell down in the pool to expose his bare bottom to the nation, where potentially millions could be watching him.

Poor Ryan was mortified to see his yellow trunks down by his legs during the gaffe.

Lucy Mecklenburgh, Ryan’s partner and mum of his child, clearly saw the funny side as she shared the moment on her Instagram Story.



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Willoughby complained the challenge had become ‘less PG’ because of the remark

“There you go … the moon is shining!” commentator Chris Kamara commented during the hilarious scenes.

Pitchside correspondent Alex Scott said at the side of the pool: “How hard was it keeping your trunks on? Under the water right there, we know you had a bit of a malfunction.”

Ryan replied, “Really !? Oh no. Did the sock fall out?”

Host Holly Willoughby said, “I thought the point of budgie smugglers is that they don’t fall off?”



During his synchronized dive, the Corrie star accidentally flashed his bum after his shorts slipped down
Corrie star Ryan Thomas accidentally flashed his bum after his shorts slipped down during the diving

Although the show airs after the watershed at 9pm each evening, it seems as though not everyone is impressed by the more explicit moments.

Some viewers have complained about the cast’s potty mouths and the actor Ryan’s cheeky flash – after a producer zoomed in on the unfortunate accident on air.

One wrote: “Imagine if one of the girls’ swimsuits slipped and they took a still of it … double standards much #TheGames”

A second said: “Imagine the uproar if they’d have shown a female contestants’ bare a **! #TheGames”.

Others wondered why it wasn’t made a family show.

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A viewers asked: “Why isn’t #TheGames on earlier – it would be a fantastic family show! (Could bleep out the odd swear word) @ITV.”

Another agreed: “This could easily have been prime family viewing to inspire children to try different sports. #TheGames.”

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