Fuming parents blast Chris Kamara after queuing in heat for four hours to watch filming of Ninja Warrior UK – only to see contestants climbing a rope on a big screen for 40 seconds
- The newly-returned ITV series has just come back after a three year hiatus
- Host Chris Kamara encouraged his 1.8million Twitter followers to attend
- Kamara received backlash after the event where people were left hours queuing
- Event-goers, who saw 40 seconds of action, called the day a ‘shambles’
Furious parents have blasted Chris Kamara after travelling to the grand final of Ninja Warrior UK – only to be left queuing for hours in 30C heat and seeing 40 seconds of action from a TV screen.
But hundreds of people branded Wednesday’s event in Manchester a ‘shambles’ and a ‘s*** show of a day’.
The backlash began after Chris Kamara posted on Twitter to encourage more people to buy tickets to the show.
He told his 1.8 million followers: ‘Still a few spaces left for the Grand Final of Ninja Warrior UK… come up to Manchester and join the brilliant fun’.
After the event had ended, Kamara was met online by furious parents – all sharing their disappointing experience of the day.
One parent tweeted: ‘Kammy we have just come out. We queued for 4 hours to watch a rope climb- two very upset kids! No one even went around the course. We watched the rope climb from a tv screen’.
Another user pleaded: ‘I know it’s not your fault but can you get involved please? They were so looking forward to this and it ended up being an awful experience.’
The show’s sixth season, based on 25-year-old Japanese programme Sasuke, has returned with an updated format – in which ordinary contestants face off against ‘Ninjas’.
On the show’s return, Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning, said the show will be ‘all new, enhanced and reinvigorated, containing all the electricity, excitement and entertainment needed to make compulsive Saturday night viewing.’
The newly-returned ITV series, hosted by Ben Shephard, Chris Kamara and Rochelle Humes has just come back after a three year hiatus
Hundreds of people branded Wednesday’s event in Manchester a ‘shambles’ and a ‘s*** show of a day’
Pictured: Ben Shephard (left) and Chris Kamara (right), arriving for filming on Wednesday
Rochelle Humes also made her return for the show’s sixth season
However, excitement quickly turned to disappointment yesterday.
One user tweeted: ‘Honestly it was an utter disgrace and my kids were heartbroken.
‘Waited in line for four hours for a 40 second rope climb we couldn’t even see. They are gutted, I am out of pocket and the entire day was wasted and so disappointing.’
Another, who had travelled over 130 miles from Newcastle said: ‘It wasn’t brilliant today, it was awful.
‘Travelled 130 miles from Newcastle with my 3 kids, stood and queued for four hours in 29 degree sunshine, all to see 10 seconds of rope climbing. Huge waste of our time. Shame on you.’
Chris Kamara, ITV and producers Potato, the ITV Studios label behind The Chase, Beat The Chasers and Moneyball, have been contacted for comment.