This Morning Host
Phobias: Insects and I freeze every time I see a spider and I am not sure what I am going to do if I am in a trial with them!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: I would like people to know I am very clever at knowing useless information!
Role in camp: Mum. I am very motherly and I also love chatting to people.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Getting up to blow dry my hair and putting a bit of make-up on!
Best & worst attributes: I am an optimist and I love meeting people from all walks of life. Worst? I can be quite nosey and I am worried about my temper if I am too hungry.
Dream camper: Dawn French, I love her.
This Morning host Josie Gibson admits she is absolutely terrified of coming face-to-face with the jungle’s ‘creepy crawlies’ as she reveals she is still in shock that she’s actually had the courage to take part.
Indeed, so petrified is Josie of insects that she says even talking about them in the run-up to the hit ITV1 programme is making her scared.
“Now I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is fast approaching, it’s sinking in and I am feeling anxious,” admits the bubbly TV presenter. “I keep thinking, ‘Sh*t, I am actually doing this’. I know I have taken on challenges for This Morning in the past but I don’t know if I’ve taken on too much here. It’s all becoming very real.”
“I am dreading the insects and it’s my biggest phobia. I also don’t like spiders and I freeze normally when I see one. My family thinks I am mad doing the programme too as they know what I’m like with creepy crawlies!”
But gutsy Josie says she loves the show so much that it is the reason why she decided to take the plunge and accept the offer.
“I am most looking forward to being at one with nature,” she adds. “And I hope I learn new things about myself. I hope I can push myself more than I think I can. Eating trials? I have got to try and close my eyes and not think about what it is I am eating. Heights? I don’t like heights either. To be fair, I am not liking a lot of things that the jungle throws at you but I want to give it all a go.”
Joking that she wants to go to the jungle camp ‘to have a little bit of a relax’, Josie is the first to admit it is also going to be very tough not being able to speak to her son, Reggie. She says she is bound to get emotional but she wants to make him proud. “It’s going to be tough and I am worried about not having any contact with him. He is so excited though!”
She says her colleagues on This Morning have all been incredibly supportive. Alison Hammond, who took part in 2010, has also given her plenty of advice, she reveals.
“I know she will be rooting for me,” adds Josie. “She has told me to try my hardest. Everyone at This Morning says I am going to love it. In fact, they are the ones who have really enticed me to do it! They are very supportive and I am going to miss them all.”
Describing herself as ‘motherly’, she says one of the nicest things will be getting to know celebrities she wouldn’t normally meet. Josie says: “I love it when people sit and tell stories and I hope people won’t think I am too nosey but I love chatting to them and finding out about them. I love people from all walks of life
“I don’t think I will get too bored as if I am with lots of people, like I will be in camp, then I think we can have a laugh together. It’s actually going to be nice being in one spot for a change as I travel a lot.”
She goes on to reveal she isn’t sure, however, how she will cope with the low rations of food. “I have never let myself get so hungry before that I have been ‘hangry’,” she explains. “People might have to calm me down but I have been trying to build up my endurance and stamina in the run-up to this.”
As for whether she would love to be crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’, Josie says her main goal is to push herself to try to win as many stars as she can for her campmates. “If I won it, OMG it would be lovely,” she says. “I would be very flattered. But I am worried about the trials and I have just got to try and push myself…”