Nigel Farage ‘exempt’ from big part of I’m A Celebrity as predicted by Lorraine Kelly

Nigel Farage ‘exempt’ from big part of I’m A Celebrity as predicted by Lorraine Kelly

Nigel Farage is entering the jungle tomorrow (November 19) and fans are not impressed (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

Nigel Farage is going to be hitting our screens tomorrow for the first installment of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here 2023. Yep, it’s actually happening, people.

The former UKIP leader is controversially entering the jungle – as the highest-paid contestant ever – alongside the likes of Sam Thompson, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Josie Gibson.

Hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, Farage will be the second controversial right-wing politician in consecutive years to enter the jungle.

This comes as disgraced former Health Secretary Matt Hancock appeared on the show last year, in what seems to be somewhat of a trend for the ITV show.

But it appears Farage is going to be ‘exempt’ from some of the show’s famous bushtucker trials, often involving creepy-crawlies, and down-right disgusting challenges.

Explaining the specifics of his medical exemption from certain tasks, Farage told The Sun: ‘Well, anything involving weightlifting, I’d be out because I’ve obviously had some quite serious physical injuries and neck reconstructions and goodness knows what else.’

The ex-politician will be exempt from some trials on medical grounds (Picture: Rex)

Farage now hosts a show on GB news, after becoming perhaps the most controversial figure in 21st century UK politics (Picture: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

‘So they are fully aware that I’m a little bit damaged when it comes to bodily structure. But having said that, I can still do most things.’

After his UKIP campaign plane famously crashed in 2010, Farage was left with a punctured lung, two chipped vertebrae, a fractured sternum, and several fractured ribs.

‘I doubt that any of the trials are actually going to kill me, although I don’t think they’ll all be a bag of fun,’ he added to the publication.

Stars called for the show to be boycotted after Farage’s name was announced for this year’s series.

On her ITV show, Lorraine Kelly said: ‘I personally think it is wrong.’

‘I think it’s very bizarre,’ she added and predicted he’d rule himself out of trials for health reasons.

Jason Manford announced his decision to boycott the series once again.

‘Gutted to have to miss another series of I’m a Celeb! H**cock last year & F****e this year, it’s a hard nope!’ he wrote on X.

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‘Shame cos there’s some lovely and charming other contestants going in.’

Fellow comedian London Hughes also weighed in, adding: ‘If I went on I’m A Celebrity and found out I was on the show with Nigel Farage, I’d leave and sue for racial negligence… but that’s just me,’

She continued: ‘I’d say that I’m quite shocked that ITV is platforming a racist as a form of entertainment, but nothing really surprises me anymore.’ 

Over the years Farage has hit the headlines for remarks deemed racist and misogynistic.

Post-UKIP, after stepping back from politics, he went on to lead the Brexit Party in 2019 before retiring from politics two years later.

He now presents a show on GB News, and is reportedly being paid an unholy £1.5million for taking part in the ITV reality show.

Farage hopes that after being ‘demonised’ in his political career, he might be hated ‘a little less’ after appearing on the show.

We will see about that…

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