Nigel Farage has said he is giving an offer to enter the jungle as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! “very serious consideration”.
The former UKIP and Brexit Party leader, 59, said he has turned down requests since 2016, but has been in contractual talks with the ITV show for the last couple of days and will give an “absolute definitive answer within the next 48 hours”.
On his GB News show on Monday, Mr Farage said he was considering it this time round as he feels he might be able to “connect” with a younger audience.
He said: “Several times since 2016 I’ve had I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! from ITV saying to me ‘come into the jungle’.
“And they’ve always offered me really quite substantial sums of money to do so, and I have always thought ‘no, it’s probably not the right thing for me to do’.”
The politician-turned-TV presenter said the show has approached him again this year but that “unlike previous years” he is “giving it very, very serious consideration”.
Mr Farage 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, but they still care about the country they live in and their futures.
“And actually, in many ways, the futures of young people in Britain had been blighted.
“They haven’t got the same opportunities that their parents and grandparents had and they’d love to look for solutions.
“So in my mind, if I was to do it, I might be able to connect with that audience because goodness me they all watch I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”
He added that he feels there are “downsides” to him doing the show.
A spokesman for the show said: “Any names suggested for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! are just speculation. We’ll announce our line-up in due course.”
Aside from his time in politics, Mr Farage has made a career as a presenter on GB News and has appeared on BBC comedy panel show Have I Got News For You…
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This notice was published: 2023-10-30 21:04:00
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