I’m A Celeb winner warns Matt Hancock to be ‘very very careful’ ahead of jungle stint

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! winner Tony Blackburn has given former health Secretary Matt Hancock a warning amid the news that he will be joining the brand new series of the hit ITV show

It is believed that Hancock, 44, will be the show's 12th contestant next week and has been pictured arriving in Australia.

While many people haven't been too fond of the politician entering the jungle, Tony warned that Hancock must be careful so his career doesn't get destroyed. The radio DJ legend won the show's first ever series in 2002.

Speaking on Radio 4's The World At One, the radio DJ legend said: "I would find it a very strange choice in the middle of a cost of living and inflation crisis to disappear into the jungle, but he probably, in a way, he thinks he'll go in there for a couple of weeks with no contact with the outside world and when he comes out everything will be alright.

"It will raise his profile, hopefully in a good way – but of course, it can destroy somebody as well.

"I know one or two people where it has destroyed their careers, so you've got to be very, very careful. And you can only do it if you think you can handle it."

Tony went on to state that he believed Hancock will be voted off the show first if he only speaks about politics. However, he also said that he could win if he shows a "more honest side" to him.

He added: "I would have thought that really, in all honesty, he should be in the House of Commons doing his job. But that's his point of view, isn't it?

"It's an interesting move. Obviously he realises his political career at the moment isn't going any further. It's great for the programme. And, you know, I wish him luck, it's a very brave move, I think.

"He's opening himself up to criticism from the public because if he starts talking about politics then he'll probably be the first out."

Tony continued: "But who knows, I've always thought he looks rather nice and I'm looking forward to seeing the other side of him, the more honest side. He can probably answer questions and be himself a little more. If he does that he might win the darn thing."

Due to his I'm A Celeb entry, Matt has had his Conservative whip removed resulting in him being expelled from the Conservative parliamentary party.

He was also forced to resign from his position last year after he was filmed kissing another woman who was not his wife.


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