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The former health secretary will take part in the forthcoming series of the ITV reality show as a “bombshell” contestant, arriving once the show has already started and the original line-up of contestants have settled into jungle life.
It is not yet known which day he is joining the other campmates, but this article will be updated with that information as soon as it is available.
I’m a Celebrity’s season one winner Tony Blackburn joked that Hancock was probably appearing on the show to pay for “the soaring cost of his electricity bill”, while adding that it was clear his “political career at the moment isn’t going any further”.
Radio DJ Nick Grimshaw and last year’s winner Danny Miller both predicted the public will vote for Hancock to do most of the grisly Bushtucker Trials.
Hancock resigned as health secretary last year after violating his own Covid regulations by having an affair with aide Gina Coladangelo. The pair were caught embracing on camera.
During a recent episode of Good Morning Britain, Susanna Reid was forced to apologise after Daily Mail journalist Andrew Pierce called Hancock a “d***head”.
Former I’m a Celebrity star Georgia Toffolo also called Hancock “disgraceful” for going on the show.
I’m a Celebrity returns Sunday 6 November at 9pm on ITV.