David Walliams leaves fans gagging after eating barbecued rat

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Actor, author and Britain’s Got Talent favourite David Walliams has turned stomachs by chowing down on a dead rat.

The TV judge, 47, took to the wilds of Devon for adventurer Bear Grylls’ celeb show Bear’s Mission last night (May 14).

David and Bear were in Devon (Credit: ITV)

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One scene in particular left viewers gagging, with many turning to Twitter to express their horror as David served up and ate a barbecued rat.

One disgusted telly fan wrote: “Cant believe you ate a rat.”

David ate a dead rat (Credit: ITV)

Someone else tweeted: “I was very worried for you! I don’t like heights either and there is no way I could do what you did. As for eating a rat!!”

A third said: “I swear gutting that rat has nearly made me throw up! @davidwalliams @BearGrylls.”

Another wrote: “That rat scene though.”

A fifth commented: “#BearAndDavid I loved the show last night, you were fabulous as always David, you were brave and heroic especially for opening up about mental health. You should be proud of yourself and what you have achieved, I know your mum will be. PS, well done for eating the rat.”

After the episode aired, David thanked his fans on Twitter for their “amazing” messages about the show and called Bear “a very special man” with “relentless forward momentum”.

He tweeted: “Wow. Thank you for all your amazing comments about the show with @BearGrylls on @ITV tonight. Bear is a very special man. He has this relentless forward momentum which carries you along. I just wish our adventure could have been longer. When it was over I was sad to say goodbye.”

Elsewhere in the show, David opened up about his battle with depression and revealed how becoming a father helped turn his life around.

He explained: “I have had struggles with depression in the past. There have been periods through my life when I’ve been very, very down and it’s been very long lasting.”

The BGT star said he is currently living a much happier existence.

He’s struggled with depression in the past (Credit: ITV)

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David continued: “I’m certainly in a better place now and one great thing about becoming a parent – your whole life starts revolving around them and you do stop dwelling on your own problems so much, because you don’t have time to.”

Asked what might have contributed to his depression, the comedian insisted it was down to a number of factors, including “end of relationships”.

He went on to urge anyone experiencing the same thing not to “feel ashamed”, but to seek professional help.

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