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10th Nov 2022

I’m A Celebrity’s Ant and Dec react to fans’ anger over Matt Hancock entering camp

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Ant told viewers that we’re ‘about to find out a lot about’ Hancock

Ant and Dec have spoken out over Matt Hancock entering the I’m A Celeb jungle, with Ant Mcpartlin conceding people will be “shouting at the telly”.

The MP and former health secretary arrived in the I’m A Celeb jungle Wednesday as a late entry, along with comic Seann Walsh, and some viewers are said to have instantly switched off. Many viewers were furious the serving MP is going on TV rather than doing his job, while others looked forward to seeing him suffer through Bushtucker trials.

Hosts Ant and Dec had remained tight lipped so far over Hancock’s controversial inclusion, but broke their silence during an Instagram live.

See also: ‘Disgusted’ I’m A Celebrity viewers switched off within minutes of seeing Matt Hancock

Ant said: “I reckon a lot of people shouting at the telly. But let’s just see what he’s like. I don’t know the man, I don’t know anything about him, but I am sure we are about to find out a lot about him.”

Dec added: “We have seen him on the telly a lot.”

In a letter to constituents who have contacted his office to complain, Hancock suggested he was fulfilling his duties by fleeing to the jungle for a reported £400,000 fee.

“While I fully understand your concerns and know there are those who don’t think I should be going on the popular TV show, I wanted to respond to you at the earliest possible opportunity to explain why I have decided to go into the jungle,” he wrote, according to the Mirror.

“There are many ways to do the job of being an MP… Whether I’m in camp for one day or three weeks, there are very few places people will be able to see a politician as they really are and where politicians can speak candidly to the nation.”

Speaking ahead of his debut on the reality programme, Hancock 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. “I’ve watched the show over the years, I love how it gets down to the essence of people but it’s really entertaining as well.”

Addressing whether he thinks his colleagues in Parliament and the British public will be voting for him to do trials, he added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up doing some of the trials.

“I am hoping I can win some stars for the camp, but most of all I am looking forward to being myself.” Appearing on Sky News this morning, shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds said his appearance on the show “demeans politics and the job that we do” and added: “Those people like Matt Hancock should remember it is a privilege to be a member of Parliament.”

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