Matt Hancock is about to enter the series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! jungle later on Tuesday – after the shock departure of Olivia Attwood.
The former health secretary44, will join the rest of the camp contestants after spending a period of time in solitary confinement, with his entrance teased by co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly on tonight’s show.
Mr Hancock’s decision to star in the series meant he had his conservative whip removed – effectively expelling him from the Conservative parliamentary party and forcing him to sit as an independent until reinstated.
The MP, who was widely mocked on social media and by some colleagues for the move, said producers asked him twice over the summer if he would appear, but he turned them down.
Mr Hancock was given access to his phone and laptop during his isolation so he could continue to work and stay in touch with his constituents.
Comedian Seann Walsh, who has been widely reported as the second surprise entry, is also expected to join the campsite shortly.
This comes after former Love Island contestant Olivia Attwood was forced to quit the ITV show for ‘medical reasons’ after just one day in the jungle.
The star, who rose to fame by appearing on the island of love in 2017, had “absolutely loved every second of the show” before doctors told her it was no longer safe for her to participateaccording to a post on his official Instagram account.
The post read “heartbroken is an understatement” after she began her journey back to the UK, and promised fans would hear “the truth” from the star in due course.
Confirming her departure, an ITV spokesperson told Sky News: “As a precaution, Olivia had to leave the jungle to undergo medical checks.
“Unfortunately the medical team have advised that it is not safe for Olivia to return to camp as there needs to be further investigation.
“She was absolutely brilliant and she will be sorely missed on the show.”
Her early exit from the jungle meant she had one of the shortest stints ever in the jungle, closely matched by that of former EastEnders actress Elaine Lordan, who gave up after getting fainted twice within 24 hours of arriving in 2005.
Other celebrities taking part in this year’s series are: Culture Club star Boy George, TV presenter and property expert Scarlette Douglas, lioness Jill Scott, Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver, Hollywood actor Owen Warner, rugby star Mike Tindall, comedian Babatunde Aleshe and journalist and presenter Charlene White.
I Am A Celebrity has returned to the Australian jungle for the first time since 2019 after the show was filmed at Gwrych Castle in North Wales for the past two years due to COVID travel restrictions.
McPartlin and Donnelly confirmed on Sunday that there will soon be two more arrivals at camp, including Hancock, joking that they will “soon roll out the welcome mat for them”.
I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! continues Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ITV and ITV Hub.