NIGEL FARAGE

GB News host and ex Politician

Phobias: Nobody likes rats, snakes and I am dreading anything to do with heights.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel: I have been demonised over the years and so it will be nice to show people I am not nasty.

Role in camp: Lead on starting up plenty of campfire discussions.

Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp: A pint in the pub and the news.

Best & worst attributes: I hope to cheer people up when they are down. Worst? I am impatient and I do snore.

Dream camper: As a controversial political media figure, I never name names… But I am looking forward to meeting interesting people from all different fields.

GB News presenter and former politician Nigel Farage hopes to dispel public misconceptions that he is ‘mean spirited’ during his time in the famous ITV1 jungle as he predicts he will be voted for plenty of trials because ‘millions hate him’.

Outlining his reasons for finally accepting an offer to take part this year, Nigel explains: “I want to test myself. Business, politics, media, I’ve done so many different jobs and generally I have been reasonably successful. But I have never been tested in quite this way. It’s such a mental test and maybe I will discover who I really am.

“I understood why Matt Hancock did it. He went in there with his reputation on the floor. The truth is after the banking issue I raised a few months ago, I was standing up for a million people who had lost their bank accounts, then winning at the TRIC awards, I am going in at a different stage of my career.”

Reflecting on why he thinks viewers will vote for him, he says: “Given millions hate me, I do expect people will vote for me to do trials! My crime was to stand against an establishment view and I was for many years the lone voice saying Europe wasn’t where we should be, so I have been a little bit demonised. I am hoping those who hate me might hate me a little bit less afterwards. But it’s a gamble.

“And the idea that somehow the things I represent – mean-spirited, small-minded, nasty, the ‘little Englander’ – all those accusations that have been flung at me over the years just aren’t true. If we can dispel some of those misconceptions, then that will be a good thing too.”

He adds: “I am particularly dreading anything to do with heights and everyone will have a degree of apprehension, but again this is what the test is.”

Nigel admits he isn’t sure, however, how his fellow campmates are going to react when they first see him. “What will be interesting is the perception the other campers will have of me,” explains Nigel. “They will go in with their preconceived ideas and it might be a little bit frosty – we will just have to see. I can’t pretend to be anyone other than who I am, I never have. But I survived for 20 years in the European Parliament with all sorts of people trying to trip me up so I am used to that!”

Smiling, he says he doesn’t expect politicians to be applauding his arrival either. “They will be mostly against it,” predicts Farage. “But most people in politics are disconnected from the country and the real world.”

A lively and outspoken person, one of the things he is most looking forward to is having lots of fun debates around the campfire. “I love debating every single topic,” he adds. “From the Archbishop of Canterbury to why we didn’t win the rugby World Cup to who is going to win the Premier League, I love debating. There is going to be loads of it on every subject under the sun. Brexit, the banks? It’s other people who raise this stuff. I would be very surprised if they (fellow celebrities) didn’t raise it.”

Adds Nigel: “I am hoping to have some good times, a good laugh and I am sure I won’t get on with everybody, but I just think it’s going to be an incredible experience doing I’m A Celebrity. I will give as good as I get! I hopefully can cheer people up when they are feeling down and muck in, too. But I do snore a bit!”

Aside from living off rice and beans, Nigel thinks one of the hardest things will be not knowing what is happening in the news.

He also isn’t sure if he will cry or not during his time in camp, admitting his decision to go on the show was met by a ‘mixed reaction’ from his family. But he says he will ‘travel optimistically’ and see how he fares. To win, he adds, would be enormous fun. “I have no idea how I am going to react,” muses Nigel. “It was a pretty mixed reaction from my family but it would be enormous fun to win. It is entirely in the hands of the viewers. I am going to travel optimistically and see what happens!”

Should politicians be quaking then in their shoes as to what happens post the jungle? “Who the hell knows,” he says, roaring with laughter as he does. “Ask me afterwards!”