The unveiling of the latest ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! lineup has triggered a call for a viewer boycott from several showbiz personalities. Outrage has erupted among fans as the list of contestants for the popular ITV show was revealed, prominently featuring Nigel Farage, the former UKIP member and controversial politician. Adding fuel to the fire, Farage is poised to become the highest-paid participant in the show’s history upon entering the jungle camp.
The long-standing reality program, which has been a staple since 2002, is no stranger to stirring controversy. Just last year, public discontent flared when Conservative MP Matt Hancock, embroiled in the scandal of politicians flouting Covid lockdown rules, joined the cast. The disgraced former Health Secretary, dismissed for violating Covid restrictions, reportedly received a staggering £400,000 for his appearance on the show.
The inclusion of Nigel Farage in this year’s lineup has intensified the disapproval, prompting calls for a boycott from prominent figures in the entertainment industry. The decision to feature a polarising political figure has rekindled memories of past controversies and reignited debates about the appropriateness of certain individuals participating in a lighthearted reality show. Journalist Bella Mackie reported on Instagram that “He’s apparently being paid £1.5 million.”
Iconic comedian Kathy Burke known to not mince her words also said: “Quick, there’s another hate baiting c**t available.”
One person commented on the I’m A Celeb’s X post: “it’s time to cancel this show”, another agreed writing: “won’t be watching bye”.
However, amidst the storm of criticism, the show’s lineup also boasts names like Jamie-Lynn Spears, the sister of pop sensation Britney Spears, adding a touch of glamour and intrigue. Joining her are This Morning presenter Jodie Gibson and First Dates star Fred Siriex, promising a mix of personalities that extends beyond the political realm.
As the controversy simmers, the upcoming season of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! appears poised to be a spectacle not only for its challenges in the jungle but also for the debates and discussions it has sparked outside the camp.
The show is set to air this Sunday 19th November on ITV and is set to be a huge series of the popular show.