Att Hancock’s partner and former aide Gina Coladangelo has reportedly arrived in Australia, as tensions over I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! the field continues to rise.
It comes as broadcast watchdog Ofcom said it had received nearly 2,000 complaints about the ITV show, most of which objected to the former health secretary’s participation.
Ms Coladangelo told the Daily Mirror it would be “hard not to be impressed” by Hancock’s performance on the show so far.
The West Suffolk MP has previously been selected six consecutive times for the nasty Bushtucker Trials, but has managed to dodge them in recent episodes.
“I’ve seen the show, it would be hard not to be impressed, she did really well,” Coladangelo told the Mirror.
“It’s made of tough stuff. But it’s good that they’re sharing (evidence) right now.
In June last year, the MP resigned as health secretary after he was caught breaking coronavirus social distancing rules by having an affair in his ministerial office with Ms Coladangelo, who was his aide at the time.
While appearing on the reality show, he called his past behavior a “mistake,” saying he “fell in love.” He added that he was looking for “a little forgiveness”.
Ofcom on Wednesday announced it had received 1,968 complaints about I’m a Celebrity, with around 1,100 people complaining that Hancock was in the Australian jungle.
Other viewers expressed concern about how he was treated by fellow contestants.
The complaints were lodged between 8 and 14 November, Ofcom’s latest reporting window.
Elsewhere, it’s been revealed that three celebs will get a chance to temporarily escape the mounting tensions at the campsite.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly broke the news during Wednesday’s episode, in which viewers saw Boy George express his growing frustrations with his fellow campmates.
The hosting duo explained that a luxurious beach barbecue, which will take place away from the jungle, is up for grabs.
Next, viewers saw celebrities take part in a series of challenges at Unfair Funfair to collect different colored plastic balls, with each color corresponding to a different fellow pitcher.
At the end of the two-day challenge, the three celebrities with the most balls will receive a surf ‘n’ turf barbecue.
Earlier, tensions appeared to build in camp as Boy George shared his annoyance at the developing friendship between Scarlette Douglas and Hancock.
The Culture Club singer had grown frustrated with Douglas earlier in the day after she questioned him about his criminal conviction and time spent in prison.
In 2008, Boy George, whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd, was convicted of assault and false imprisonment.
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