Viewers joked that they wished they could “unsee” Ed Balls getting a spray tan on his new series Travels In Trumpland.
The former shadow chancellor, 51, stripped down to his underwear to get a fake tan in Sunday night’s episode of the BBC Two programme.
The show follows Mr Balls in the US as he meets President Trump’s supporters in an attempt to understand his rise to power.
He gets the tan before attending a pro-Trump party.
After stepping out of the booth, he admits: “It’s the knowledge, inside, that I’ve got spray tanned legs, which will give me confidence.”
It was not the first time viewers had seen Mr Balls going for the bronzed look, as he adopted a sun-kissed look in 2016 when he was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, but many clearly hoped it would be the last.
“Things you can’t unsee: Ed Balls naked getting a spray tan!” posted one viewer on Twitter.
Things you can’t unsee: Ed Balls naked getting a spray tan! #TravelsInTrumpland
— Alex Davenport (@alexdavenport4) August 12, 2018
“The sight of #EdBalls getting a spray tan. Whilst wearing only a pair of Speedo’s. Makes me envy the blind!” quipped another.
— (((WeeblsGammonPie))) (@weeblspie) August 12, 2018
“Ed Balls getting a spray tan in budgie smugglers is an image I could’ve done without,” said another, while one person joked that the image would “remain burnt onto my retinas. Forever.”
Ed Balls getting a spray tan in budgie smugglers is an image I could’ve done without #TravelsInTrumpland
— James Cooper (@JamesCooper_94) August 12, 2018
Ed Balls getting a spray tan is an image that will remain burnt onto my retinas. Forever. #TravelsInTrumpland
— Emma (@81E_D) August 12, 2018
Many people saw the funny side, with one calling it “TV gold”.
@edballs TV gold, I don’t think I’ll see anything funnier on TV than Ed Balls having a spray tan. Tears running down my cheeks.
— Peter Williams (@NimrodUK) August 12, 2018
“I don’t think I’ll see anything funnier on TV than Ed Balls having a spray tan,” said the viewer.
“Tears running down my cheeks.”
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