I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! contestants look out: outspoken former Tory Minister Edwina Currie appears to be heading for the jungle.
The author and ex-politician has reportedly been offered £110,000 to take part in the show, joining a line-up which incudes TV journalist Michael Buerk, Coronation Street actor Craig Charles and former ‘Allo ‘Allo actress Vicki Michelle.
The 68-year-old Currie is said by The Sun to be in line to join the contest – along with another mystery celebrity – a week into the series which begins on November 16.
If she does join the camp she may have to eat her words alongside the various creepy-crawlies that tend to be thrust down less popular contestants’ mouths. Two years ago she slammed Conservative MP Nadine Dorries for taking part in the contest saying that it was “ritual humiliation.”
“You’re doing 80 hour weeks as an MP,” she said at the time. “If you care about your constituents and regard being an MP as an important and privileged job you wouldn’t do it.”
However Currie – who in 2002 revealed details of her four-year affair with then Prime Minister John Major when he was in office – is already a dab hand at TV reality shows with appearances on Hell’s Kitchen, Wife Swap, Strictly Come Dancing, Come Dine With Me and Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes under her belt.
How her future campmates will react to her arrival is anybody’s guess. But one former contestant, journalist and presenter Dom Joly, has no doubts about how it would go down.
Joly, who had rows with singer Stacey Solomon and Gillian McKeith when he was on the show in 2010, tweeted: “Jesus Christ, the very worst thing imaginable – even worse than Gillian McKeith – Edwina Currie going into @imacelbrity poor, poor f*****s.”
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! starts Sunday 16 November at 9:00pm on ITV