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ITV’s I’m a Celebrity has caused uproar and division on social media today after the channel released this year’s line up.
Bosses have opted to send another politician to Australia after the exploits of former health secretary Matt Hancock’s stay last November.
This time, current GB News presenter and former UKIP party leader, Nigel Farrage will endure the creepy crawlies and it’s been reported he has been offered £1.5million to take part in the competition.
He wanted to accept ITV’s offer in the hopes of ‘connecting’ with the younger viewers at home to hopefully gain their support:
The 59-year-old said: “Well, you’ve got about 10 million young people who watch that programme. These are people who don’t really watch the news or read newspapers.”
Already, users of the platform X (formerly known as Twitter) have said they won’t be tuning leaving comments underneath ITV’s post last night.
This is not the first time the UK public have expressed outrage towards I’m a Celeb.
Last year, Matt Hancock divided opinion when he brought home a reported £320,000 while still being paid his yearly £84k MP salary.
The public took to “X” to express their disgust towards the Conservative MP back then, with some making comparisons between his salary and those of nurses within the NHS.
Mr. Hancock had been health secretary during the Covid-19 pandemic and was famously sacked when he broke his own rules by not social distancing after he was caught having an affair.
“Matt Hancock is getting £400K #ImACeleb Nurses with 6+ years experience are paid an average of £26,282.”
Another user commented: “This vile/evil joke of a man… faked crying on tv, had a fake affair, rolled out experimental shots… and is now going on ‘I’m a Celebrity.”
Nigel Farage follows in the footsteps of other high profile politicians to have appeared in the show. In 2012, Nadine Dories, who later became the culture secretary under Boris Johnson, became the first contestant to be voted out by the public, lasting a couple of weeks.
Boris’s father, Stanley performed better than Nadine, becoming the fifth person to be chucked out in 2017.
And former Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale appeared in the same show as Stanley, but became the second person to be kicked out the jungle by the public.
Ms Dugdale had just quit her role as leader months before being invited on to the programme. On her return, she narrowly avoided being suspended from her party before she quit politics altogether in 2019.
You can judge the former banker for yourself when the new series starts at 9pm on STV or ITV 1 on Sunday 19th November.