The Circle: Gladiators’ Hunter catfish an NHS nurse during coronavirus pandemic

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The Circle: Gladiators' Hunter catfish an NHS nurse during coronavirus pandemic


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Circle fans have been divided as Gladiators star Hunter catfished an NHS nurse in a bid to gain popularity on the show amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During Wednesday’s episode, the bodybuilder, 43, real name James Crossley – spoke about why he went against his typical personality, with confused viewers insisting his gesture “didn’t. didn’t suit them at all ”, while others said“ this is just a game show. “.

The contestants have moved into separate apartments, where they only communicate through social media site The Circle and compete to earn high marks and avoid being stranded for three weeks to win a prize of £ 50,000.

Controversial: Circle fans have been divided as Gladiators star Hunter catfished an NHS nurse in a bid to gain popularity on the show amid the coronavirus pandemic

Detailing why he joined the program, the actor said, “When you first meet me I’m a bodybuilder, and let’s face it, I can be quite intimidating and I’m automatically put in a box. .

“I go to The Circle as my polar opposite – Gemma, a 31 year old single nurse. In my opinion, nurses are the most popular people in the country and The Circle is a popularity contest. She has all the ingredients to impress everyone.

The media personality said he plans to give half the income to medical professionals if he wins the show, adding: ‘I would give York nurses 50%, I have so much respect for the NHS. “

Fans were shocked at her decision to pose as a hard-working nurse, especially during the global crisis.

His alter-ego: On Wednesday's episode, the bodybuilder, 43, real name James Crossley - explained why he goes against his typical personality

His alter-ego: On Wednesday’s episode, the bodybuilder, 43, real name James Crossley – explained why he goes against his typical personality

Flashback: The athlete is best known for playing Hunter in the sports entertainment program from 1993 to 2000 (pictured from 1995)

Flashback: The athlete is best known for playing Hunter in the sports entertainment program from 1993 to 2000 (pictured from 1995)

They wrote on Twitter: ‘Not someone posing as an NHS nurse.

“Really annoyed to see” Gemma “coming first, but I saw it coming… I really don’t like the NHS lie angle, although tbh I don’t like it at all. Really not cool! #The circle.

“Most popular on first impressions .. NHS nurse. James is vile #TheCircle… Fair enough, be a catfish but pretending to be an NHS worker with everything going on is really tasteless. Hope Hunter is the first to be blocked #TheCircle

“I know this is the game I KNOW but I hate playing everything on the NHS thing like it’s so smart but I hate it #TheCircle. “(Sic)

'I have so much respect for the NHS': media personality said he plans to give medical professionals half the income if he wins the show

‘I have so much respect for the NHS’: media personality said he plans to give medical professionals half the income if he wins the show

Others urged other viewers not to take James so seriously when they tweeted: ‘Watching Gladiators’ Hunter hanging out with his dogs while posing as an NHS nurse called Gemma is pure art.

“Honestly, #TheCircle is perfection and arguably the best edited show on TV? So much tension just watching people texting each other.

“Do people really hate James for pretending to be an NHS nurse ?! This is a GAME SHOW, which requires a GAME PLAY.

'Hope he gets to be the first to be stranded': fans were shocked by his decision to pose as a hard-working nurse, especially during the global crisis

‘Hope he will be the first to be stranded’: fans were shocked by his decision to impersonate a hard-working nurse, especially during the global crisis

And it’s not that it would be important if he didn’t, but he even said he would give away half of his winnings… #The circle

“People attack James / Gemma (Hunter Gladiator) in The Circle, for coming in as an NHS nurse. If he wins, he said he would give half of it to the NHS nurses in York. Give it a break! #TheCircle @ C4TheCircle @GladiatorsTV

“You must all forget that James is playing a nurse. It’s a game show. He picked someone he thought was popular and at a time when the NHS is so loved (more than usual) you have to applaud his gameplay. He came to win not just sitting in Salford for a month alone. #TheCircle ‘(sic)

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“It’s a GAME SHOW, which requires a GAME GAME!” Others urged other viewers not to take James so seriously.

MailOnline has reached out to representatives for James and Channel 4 for further comment.

Earlier this week, rapper Lady Leshurr broke down in tears when she was announced as a Celebrity Circle winner.

The artist, 32, emulated Big Narstie throughout the game which was a special version of the Channel 4 show to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

As she heard the news of her victory, she became a little emotional and revealed that she was on the series in memory of her sister Carmen, who died just 39 years old from breast cancer in 2019.

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