‘I had to separate the MP from the guy in the jungle’: Chris Moyles says he ‘walked out’ of I’m A Celebrity camp when Matt Hancock said he wanted forgiveness… as bookies tip the former Health Secretary to make final three
The radio host said that he had to ‘separate’ the former Health Secretary from his campmate, as it was ‘the only way’ he and ‘some others’ in the jungle could deal with the fact Matt was alongside them.
Reveal: Chris Moyles said he ‘walked out’ of the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! camp when Matt Hancock asked for forgiveness – as the MP is tipped to make it into the final three
Speaking on his very own station Radio X following his departure, Chris started by explaining that most of the camp conversations are not aired in the show – and had spoken to the East Suffolk MP about his decision to join the reality show on several occasions.
‘I was venting quite a bit at first when he came in, because, well.. I’ll just say it: He should be at work. Because he’s an MP,’ Chris said on Friday morning.
‘He’s paid to look after people and their interests and hopefully make their lives better, and I don’t know how he does that by going on the jungle show.
King of the Jungle? It comes as betting firm Ladbrokes revealed that Matt has leapfrogged Mike Tindall in becoming the third favourite in betting to win the entire series, at odds of 7/1
‘There was a moment when we got into a conversation about him and it got quite tense – which I accidentally started by being smart a** and going, “So when’s your book out?” and he went “Next month”.
‘I didn’t know he had a book!
‘And the reason I got annoyed with him was because Seann, who did something in his personal life that got thrown in all of the newspapers and didn’t impact my life whatsoever has had a really, really hard time career-wise, mental-health-wise.
‘He was very open about it and has come on the show to basically say, “I’m really not a bad guy, can I start again?”.
‘Which is really honest and takes a lot of balls to do that.
‘And Matt Hancock kind of dived around a few questions I thought, and then said, “I guess all I’m asking for is forgiveness”.’
The former Health Secretary sparked controversy when he was confirmed to be heading into the Australian jungle earlier this month.
Tense: Speaking on his very own station Radio X, Chris started by explaining that most of the camp conversations are not aired in the show – and had spoken to the East Suffolk MP about his decision to join the reality show on several occasions
He asked for ‘a bit of forgiveness’ following a grilling by fellow campmates about his controversies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chris continued: ‘At which point I had to walk out of camp and just get away because I personally found that quite fake. And that really wound me up.
‘I had to separate Matt Hancock from Matt who was in camp, who was doing his best at trials to try and win us food.
‘Because when you’re in there, you just want food because everybody’s hungry – it becomes very real rather than entertainment.
‘Like if you do badly from a trial, you feel awful, and you walk into camp, everyone’s nice but you know underneath everyone’s a bit disappointed.
Emotional: The former health secretary, 44, struggled to contain his emotions as he apologised to camp for having an affair with Gina Coladangel
‘As a campmate, he was doing an amazing job, and as a guy, he lives in a different world to you and me. But he’s a human being.
‘So I had to kind of have two people – there’s Matt Hancock who I have issues with, and there’s Matt who I was in the jungle with.
‘I know that sounds almost like an excuse but that was the only way myself and some others in there could deal with that fact.’
He added: ‘I did try and ask him certain questions without grilling him – I felt it unfair to corner him.
‘But honestly, I was sat on a hammock one day while he was sat on the edge of a bed, literally opposite each other and I thought, if James O’Brien or Nick Ferrari were here right now, the questions would be immense.’
Jungle journey: ‘I was venting quite a bit at first when he came in, because, well.. I’ll just say it: He should be at work. Because he’s an MP,’ Chris said on Friday morning (pictured arriving at his hotel following jungle exit on Thursday)
He also told radio host Roby Tarrant that in one moment which wasn’t aired, he asked Matt if he’d ever stolen anything from Downing Street or Buckingham Palace – but the MP insisted he hadn’t.
‘It’s really tricky because I’ve not seen what’s in the show,’ he said. ‘You get up in the morning maybe six o’clock, right, and you go to bed at about ten, half ten at night.
‘So that’s a long time to be in camp when you’re not doing a trial or challenge.
‘There’s so much stuff that we talked about, joked about, done, not done, some has made the show, but the majority of it doesn’t make the show because it can’t.
‘I think there’s about 20 minutes of camp life in every episode so it’s really not a lot.’
Elsewhere, Jill Scott continues to lead the way at 2/5 to be crowned Queen of the Jungle, while Seann Walsh is the heavy 1/4 favourite to be sent packing next.
Mike Tindall is second-in-line for the boot, at odds of 11/2, followed by Matt Hancock at 6/1, Owen Warner at 16/1 and Jill Scott at 33/1.
Listen to The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X with Toby Tarrant sitting in for Chris while he’s in Australia, weekdays from 6:30am – 10am and Saturdays 8am – 11am.
Out: Chris also told radio host Roby Tarrant that in one moment which wasn’t aired, he asked Matt if he’d ever stolen anything from Downing Street or Buckingham Palace – but the MP insisted he hadn’t