This Morning’s Josie Gibson made a mocking reference to Brexit minutes into meeting Nigel Farage on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here (Picture: ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)
Josie Gibson didn’t waste any time getting a dig in at Nigel Farage minutes into their meeting on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The 2023 series of I’m A Celeb has just kicked off, with former MP Farage and This Morning host Josie entering the jungle alongside the likes of Jamie Lynn Spears, Fred Sirieix and JLS star Marvin Humes.
And it’s already proving to be an interesting one for the Ant and Dec-hosted series, as Josie instantly addressed the elephant in the room when meeting former Ukip leader Farage at the campsite.
The politician’s inclusion in the TV series has proven massively controversial, with a campaign launched to have him booted from the series over his divisive politics amid reports he was paid £1.5 million to appear on the show.
Farage was a key player in Brexit, with his party Ukip releasing an infamous anti-immigrant poster that suggested that immigration was at ‘Breaking Point’ as part of the Leave campaign in 2016.
The Leave campaign won and Brexit was eventually passed (though Northern Ireland is still without a government over DUP complaints about the sea border), and on Sunday night Josie mocked Farage over his role in the campaign.
The politician joined the series to major backlash from the public (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
Immediately after meeting, Josie joked she thought I’m A Celeb would be ‘a good idea until they dropped us off in the middle of nowhere,’ adding she was ‘petrified’.
Farage said it was ‘something different, an adventure.’
‘It’s a challenge, it’s not going to be easy, but why not?’
To which Josie responded: ‘It can’t be worse than Brexit.’
Josie, Nella and Farage were tasked with a challenge in the scorching heat (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
Farage laughed and said it ‘didn’t take long’ and he ‘had a feeling we’d get a bit of that,’ while Josie insisted she was ‘only joking’.
There was a major response to Farage’s inclusion in the series from both the public and celebrities, with Lorraine Kelly saying on her chat show she ‘personally thinks it is wrong’ for him to be in the jungle.
‘I think it’s very bizarre,’ she added and predicted – correctly – that he’d rule himself out of certain trials for health reasons.
The 10 celebrities will live together in the jungle as they’re voted out one by one (Picture: ITV)
Jason Manford also announced his decision to boycott the series again after giving it a miss last year due to Matt Hancock’s inclusion.
Farage, Josie and YouTuber Nella Rose were dropped into the Australian outback as the series began to help their campmates win food in the first challenges.
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