I’m A Celeb: Matt Hancock takes part in ‘The Beastly Burrows’
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Matt Hancock, 44, will be making a late entrance to the I’m A Celebrity camp on Wednesday night along with comedian Seann Walsh, 36. In his last interview before heading into camp, the former health secretary explained his why he joined the show and that his biggest fear would be going up against snakes.
The Mirror described Matt as “deluded” for entertaining the idea that he may win I’m A Celebrity, although the parliamentarian himself admitted it’s unlikely.
He said being crowned king of the jungle would be “the icing on the cake” but in a moment of clarity added: “I am not expecting it.”
The former health secretary has become the subject of national scorn for taking part in the show, but claimed his family “are very supportive of me taking part”.
The 44-year-old is making a late entrance to the show and in his last interview before heading to the jungle, he said: “Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too.”
Matt declared: “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.”
Ultimately, the former health secretary is most looking forward “to being myself” on the show, adding that this is simply a new way for politicians to communicate with the people.
He shared: “There are lots of different ways to communicate with the public and we (politicians) are wrong if we think you can only do that on the traditional political shows where you are mainly only talking to people who take an active interest in politics.”
Matt hopes his appearance on the show will be more engaging to “everyone including young people”.
The MP will be away from his constituency without access to his laptop for three weeks.
Thinking philosophically, he noted the isolation may give him “time to think about what is important”.
He also noted that he will be returning to his work in Suffolk as soon as he is voted out of the jungle.
Matt is reportedly a big fan of the show, and explained that his biggest fear would be coming face-to-face with snakes.
He said: “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.”
Viewers are expecting an interesting episode, with many believing ITV newsreader Charlene White to be one of the first to grill the parliamentarian.
Matt admitted he has “no idea” how his campmates will react to his arrival, but hopes “I can keep everyone’s morale up”.
He added: “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.”
This may also see Matt landing in hot water as tensions have already been broiling in the camp over the cooking situation.
I’m A Celebrity continues tonight on ITV at 9pm.
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