MATT Hancock is to face his sixth consecutive trial on ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ after being voted to be camp leader.
The 44-year-old politician – who served as the UK’s health secretary during the COVID-19 pandemic – is controversially appearing as a contestant on the ITV jungle survival show and has been chosen by the public once again to face unpleasantries to earn meals for camp in Deserted Down Under.
After Ant and Dec made the announcement, Matt’s campmates were seen laughing while he sighed: “Brilliant! What is Deserted Down Under then?”
Earlier in the show, Matt managed to win a total of nine stars – which equalled nine meals for camp – when he took part in the House of Horrors trial, which saw him battling against pigeons, and snakes and wading through offal in a giant doll’s house.
After his triumph in the trial, it was revealed that Matt and former rugby player Mike Tindall had been selected by the public to go head-to-head in a battle to become camp leader, with Matt selecting journalist Charlene White to be his deputy and Mike selecting ‘Coronation Street’ star Sue Cleaver.
The leadership contest involved each respective pair working together in their teams to see who could turn on a sequence-based wall of lights the fastest directed by the women, who were being covered in slime.
Prior to taking part, Mike joked: “It only dawned on me about 35 seconds ago that if I went home and I had lost to Matt Hancock, I would be in so much s***.”
Following Matt’s victory, Charlene joked that she was “super super proud” of Matt for finally winning a leadership contest, while Mike claimed he was “devastated” to have been beaten by the Conservative MP.
As camp leaders, Matt and ‘Loose Women’ anchor Charlene no longer have to carry out camp duties and instead focus on delegating tasks and can spend their nights sleeping indoors in the camper van, while Matt has been assigned his own regal red chair for exclusive use.
Reflecting in The Bush Telegraph, ITV newsreader Charlene – who was later seen finding it difficult to stay in the RV due to a spider – joked that she would never have believed she would ever find herself rooming with Matt.
She said: “No one could ever have made me believe that by the end of the year I would be sharing a room with Matt Hancock, so…it’s all a journey!”
The pair decided that the two camp chefs would be ‘A Place in the Sun’ presenter Scarlette Douglas and ‘Hollyoaks’ star Owen Warner, while footballer Jill Scott and pop star Boy George were assigned to washing up duties.
Radio star Chris Moyles and Mike Tindall were chosen to be in charge of water, while Sue Cleaver and Seann Walsh were assigned the task of emptying the dunny and Babatúndé Aléshé will be in charge of maintenance.
Upon hearing the news, Sue quipped: “I am happy to move your s***!”
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