Nigel Farage came in third place on the popular reality TV show, I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!
The conservative politician and media personality made it to the top three of the popular ITV show, where famous individuals take on challenges like consuming kangaroo testicles.
Farage, who received a £1.5m fee for his appearance on the show, made Sunday night’s final alongside Tony Bellew and Sam Thompson, the eventual winner.
The previous leader of Ukip, who has not been successful in winning a seat in parliament despite running seven times, recently discussed the possibility of joining the Conservatives in the future during a conversation with another contestant in the Australian outback.
In the last installment, he quipped: “I am now a supporter of remaining – specifically, a dedicated one. I am overjoyed to be one of the remaining three.”
Farage’s last challenge in the jungle involved being enclosed in a metal crate with snakes. After 23 days on the show, he mentioned feeling tired in his legs upon leaving.
When asked about his participation in this year’s show, after being previously invited, he explained, “I had the opportunity and I am turning 60 soon, so I wanted to do it before reaching an age where I am unable to.”
“I engaged in a lot of physical activity, such as carrying buckets of water and completing challenges. I felt that now was the perfect moment to do so and I am happy with my decision. I made sure to display no signs of fear during the challenges.”
The recent season of the show experienced a decline in viewership, with only 7 million viewers tuning in for the first episode, a drop of 2.1 million from the previous year. The hosts, Ant and Dec, suggested that the show should refrain from featuring politicians as contestants.
In an effort to repair his public reputation, Matt Hancock, the previous health secretary, appeared on a television show last year after being pressured to step down from his government position for violating his own Covid regulations. He ultimately placed third on the show.
When questioned about the possibility of Rishi Sunak becoming a future contestant on the show, Dec responded, “I believe we should have a year without any politicians.”
“Ant replied with agreement, agreement, and agreement.”
Thompson, a TV personality and radio host known for his appearances on Made in Chelsea, expressed his gratitude at being named the winner of the jungle competition, stating that he never expected to even be invited to participate in the show.
He expressed his gratitude to voters, stating that he had dreamed of doing the show for years and they had made his dream a reality.
At the start of the series, BBC presenter Chris Packham released an open letter directed at the presenters, accusing the show of using animals for exploitation.