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Papa John’s U.K. hopes its ostrich-meat pizza really takes off

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The United Kingdom arm of beleaguered pizza purveyor Papa John’s is celebrating the return of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with a limited edition pizza topped with ostrich meat crumble. Perhaps you have questions? I have 10 answers.

  1. Yes, the American version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! was cancelled back in 2010; it’s not back over here. Just there.
  2. It films in Australia. Ostriches are not native to Australia, but they’re there, all the same.
  3. No, they are not endangered. Papa John’s has quite enough bad press, you think they’d make a pizza topped with an endangered species?
  4. The cast includes Captain Jack Harkness—sorry, I mean John Barrowman—and a bunch of people I’ve never heard of, but I have to admit I’m not up on my British soaps.
  5. Well, according to Papa John’s, it has a “mild meaty aroma with hints of herbs and spices topped with colourful red and green peppers, red onions and a generous helping of signature mozzarella,” and “is sure to leave you wanting more.”
  6. Yes, it is a stretch, but they say it is “enough to make you shout ‘I’m a pizza fan, get me to Papa John’s.’” Kinda like the name of the show? Get it?
  7. According to Takeout editor Kevin Pang, “Like chicken.”
  8. I mean, it depends, how hungry am I?
  9. £18.99.
  1. Pisces.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!

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