I’m A Celeb: Matt Hancock will be ‘everyone’s toy’ says Danny Miller
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Tonight, former Health Secretary Matt Hancock entered the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! jungle as a late arrival alongside Seann Walsh. The 44-year-old’s signing has been met with some criticism following his breach of social distancing rules last year during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking ahead of going into camp said of his arrival: “Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too.
“Lots of people have a view on me from being Health Secretary in the pandemic dealing with some very difficult issues, but that’s not the whole story.
“I am looking forward to throwing myself into it all like I do everything in life. You can’t hide anything in the jungle, you see somebody warts and all.”
Matt’s odds of winning the show are currently at 40/1, while Mike Tindall and Jill Scott are up there as early favourites to win so far.
Despite his low chance of being crowned King of the Jungle, he told The Mirror’s Mark Jefferies: “I am not expecting it.
“My family are very supportive of me taking part on I’m A Celebrity.
“I think you will learn things about yourself. You have all that time to think about what is important.”
He went on to say he “wouldn’t be surprised” if he was voted to do the trials and said he was “hoping to win some stars”.
The politician is rumoured to being paid around £400,000 for his stint on the show.
He has said he will give a percentage of his fee to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk, a charity which supports dyslexia.
Matt was forced to quit his role as Health Secretary last year after breaching social distance rules despite urging the public not to do so.
CCTV footage saw him embracing his aide Gina Coladangelo in his office, despite the pair being respectively married.
His decision to sign up for I’m A Celebrity led to him being suspended from the Conservative party.
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he was “disappointed” in Matt and revealed he would not be watching.
Another Tory MP Tim Loughton described him as an “absolute prat” and campaigners for families bereaved in the Covid-19 pandemic accused him of trying to “cash in on his terrible legacy”.
Despite this, the politican said he has received a lot of support ahead of the show.
Matt added: “I informed the Whip and I gave my reasons.
“I have had a lot of supportive messages from people who can see what I am trying to do to show that politicians are people too.”
On what he’s fearing in the jungle, he spilled: “I have never come across a snake at close quarters and so I am pretty worried about anything to do with snakes.
“I am not claustrophobic or at least I haven’t been found to be but that’s the thing about I’m A Celebrity – it is the unknown.”
Matt came face-to-face with the likes of Charlene White, Boy George, Sue Cleaver and Scarlette Douglas in tonight’s episode.
Ahead of meeting them, he said: “I have no idea what they are going to think.
“I am a pretty cheerful person and so I hope I can keep everyone’s morale up. I like to muck in and I think I will be picking up a lot of firewood for everyone. I hope to do my bit when it comes to cooking too.”
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! watch the next live episode tomorrow at 9pm (Wednesday) on ITV and ITV Hub.
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