Matt Hancock: MP finishes third on I’m A Celebrity

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Watch: Matt Hancock admits he knew it was controversial to go on I’m A Celebrity

By Steven McIntosh
Entertainment reporter

Matt Hancock has finished in third place on ITV actuality series I’m A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here!

The former future health secretary was overwhelmed by footballer Jill Scott and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner during Sunday’s final

The. MP’s participation in the show has been controversial – he had the Tory whip suspended after his involvement was announced

Asked. by Ant and Dec why he took part in the series, Hancock said: “I wanted to show what I’m like as a person”

“Lots. of folks come to me with pre-conceived techniques for obvious reasons, and I simply wanted to be myself,” he continued

“But. I additionally think that for politicians as a whole, we don’t come throughout as human adequate. And this is most likely the most excessive method of exhibiting who you are”

Hancock. made it to the final alongside actor Owen Warner, who finished second, and footballer Jill Scott, who won

He added: “I carry with me expectations, folks think they know me, and actually they don’t, they know Matt Hancock from the TV and the media

“I. simply went in totally clear that I was going to be completely myself as if there cameras weren’t on and that’s what I did. And that is what I’m like in private”

Since. last week, the public have been voting to hold their favourite campmates in the jungle, instead than to evict their least favourites.

Hancock took part in 10 Bushtucker trials during his time in the jungle, 5 of which were the result of a public vote

During. his exit interview, Hancock admitted he was nervous about taking part in the series, and admitted he had expected the powerful questions he was asked by different campmates

“Some. of these grillings were actually exciting and a release, simply because I might say precisely what I thought, and some were very emotional about some elements of my past that everyone knows about,” he said

“We. had actually grown-up conversations about it, and there were powerful feelings however there wasn’t any aggro, they were discussions”

Hancock. was seen taking part in his final Bushtucker trial Flood Your Face during Sunday’s final

He concluded: “I know it was controversial, me coming in here. however we have all got plenty of sides to our personalities”

After. his interview, Hancock was seen being reunited with his partner Gina Coladangelo, who he was caught kissing on CCTV in 2021 – events which ultimately led to his resignation as future health secretary

Social. distancing guidelines, which Hancock had helped devise, were in place at the time they were pictured kissing. He confronted a barrage of criticism when the footage was released by the Sun

Hancock’s. participation in the series was criticised by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who reported Hancock ought to not be away from his constituents whereas Parliament is sitting

Conservative. MP Tim Loughton reported he was “disgusted” Hancock had put celeb ahead of his constituents, adding that dropping the Tory whip was “the least he deserves”

The. 44-year-old was additionally criticised by Conservative colleagues and opposition MPs, as well as his local Conservative organization who reported they were “disappointed” and accused Hancock of a “serious error of judgement”.

Soon after the MP’s arrival in the camp on 9 November, a. banner was flown over it bearing a message from the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group

Jill. Scott reported she “couldn’t believe” she had been topped Queen of the Jungle

But Hancock, who reported he entered the jungle to increase consciousness of his dyslexia campaign, survived all the public-voted evictions during his time on the show

Hancock. previously reported he would donate some of his cost for taking part in the series – reported to be £400,000 – to a hospice in his constituency and dyslexia charities

He. was overwhelmed to the jungle crown by footballer Scott, who won, and actor Warner, who finished in second place

Asked how she felt to be topped Queen of the Jungle, Scott joked: “I simply cannot think it, I think I’m going to owe my grandma a lot of cash for 12 million votes”.

She described her fellow campmates as “absolutely incredible”

“We. were one huge team,” she continued. “I don’t think there ought to be one winner, we could not have got through it with out all of us, I think we have all been winners of I’m A Celebrity”

She. likened her expertise to enjoying with England women’s soccer staff the Lionesses”There. have been so could elements, working jointly as a team, winning challenges and that feeling of getting to know unbelievable people”

She. added: “Having all these years enjoying for unbelievable teams built me well for the jungle”

Runner-up. Warner reported he was “so gassed” about Scott’s win. “I think everybody agrees, no-one deserves it more than Jill,” he said

Hancock. said: “I know it was controversial, me coming in here. however we have all got plenty of sides to our personalities”

Earlier in Sunday’s final, Scott, Hancock and Warner were seen taking part in their last Bushtucker trials, before having fun with their final meal jointly in camp

Hancock’s. trial, Flood Your Face, observed him have his head placed in a tank of water, whereas wearing a snorkel to breathe, for 5 minutes. Various critters were added around his face, including eels, yabbies and water spiders

I’m. A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here! is one of ITV’s largest hits, working for three weeks each November. It has recurrently attracted eight million viewers throughout this series

ITV. News presenter Charlene White, A Place In The Sun host Scarlette Douglas, Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver and singer Boy George were among this year’s campmates

Other. contestants included comedians Babatunde Aléshé and Seann Walsh, radio DJ Chris Moyles, and former rugby player Mike Tindall

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