Presenter Ant groaned ‘not again’ after the news was announced, as members of the television audience at home took to Twitter to complain about politician Matt, 44, doing all the trials since his arrival on Wednesday.
Dec asked: ‘Another one?!’, while Ant declared: ‘Not again!’. and one person wrote on social media: ‘Ant and Dec are fed up of Matt doing the trials.’
Unimpressed: Viewers of I’m A Celebrity claimed hosts Ant and Dec were miffed after Matt Hancock was voted to do his sixth consecutive Bushtucker Trial on Sunday
The MP for West Suffolk – who served as the UK’s health secretary during the COVID-19 pandemic – is controversially appearing as a contestant on the ITV jungle survival show and has been chosen by the public once again to face unpleasantries to earn meals for camp in Deserted Down Under, which will air on Monday.
After Ant and Dec made the announcement, Matt’s campmates were seen laughing while he sighed: “Brilliant! What is Deserted Down Under then?”
Show viewers took to social media site Twitter to vent their frustration at Matt being tasked with competing in yet another challenge.
Repetitive: Presenter Ant groaned ‘not again’ after the news was announced, after the presenters went into the camp to tell Matt he was doing another trial
One person wrote: ‘Let me guess we will vote tomorrow and Matt will get the trial for Tuesday what’s the point in having a voting button because I’ve never voted for Matt it’s getting BORINGGGGG what a let down this year, get Boy George and Sue Cleaver, and Chris to do a trial, they slag Matt off enough!’
Another person shared: ‘Can people please stop voting Matt Hancock for every trial. Not only is it boring and unfair to other campmates, but also, giving him the maximum amount of screen-time is doing exactly what he wants and potentially making more people see him in a better light/sympathise with him.’
‘Matt Hancock is putting a great deal of effort into the jungle trials, begging the question as to why he’s not at home applying the same energy into the job he is supposed to be doing as MP (the role he’s AWOL from),’ someone else summised.
Stop! Members of the television audience at home took to Twitter to complain about politician Matt, 44, doing all the trials since his arrival on Wednesday
Whittled down: The last two celebrities named by Ant and Dec for the trial were radio DJ Chris Moyles (left) and Matt (right), with Matt set to do the Bushtucker Trial
While another viewer posted: ‘Why keep voting for Matt? It’s boring as hell as he does great at each trial. Vote for people that will be funny to watch. It’s got boring watching same face every night.’
Another viewer shared: ‘Why can the public not see that it would be more entertaining to vote some of the weak snowflakes to do a trial. Let’s see the likes of George, Charlene or Sue (that’s if she’s not exempt).’
While another person tweeted: ‘Every year the same person does the trials in the early stages. It gets a bit boring. Particularly as Matt Hancock isn’t that entertaining in the trials and he does pretty well in them. Change the format #imacelebrity.’
Stopping by: Ant and Dec were seen addressing the campmates as they delivered the news to Matt live on air on Sunday
‘How stupid are the people voting @MattHancock to do the trials,’ on viewer asked. ‘He’s a success the majority of the time unless teamed with Owen. You are giving Matt all the TV time. My opinion of him has changed massively. He has become one of my faves.’
Earlier in the show, Matt managed to win a total of nine stars – which equalled nine meals for camp – when he took part in the House of Horrors trial, which saw him battling against pigeons and snakes, and wading through offal in a giant doll’s house.
After his triumph in the trial, it was revealed that Matt and former rugby player Mike Tindall had been selected by the public to go head-to-head in a battle to become camp leader, with Matt selecting journalist Charlene White to be his deputy and Mike selecting Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver.
Gruesome: Earlier in the show, Matt managed to win a total of nine stars – which equalled nine meals for camp – when he took part in the House of Horrors trial
Nerve wracking: The trial saw him battling against pigeons and snakes, with a snake launching itself at him during the challenge
Tough times: Matt was seen wading through offal in a giant doll’s house as he attempted to win meals for camp
The leadership contest involved each respective pair working together in their teams to see who could turn on a sequence-based wall of lights the fastest directed by the women, who were being covered in slime.
Prior to taking part, Mike joked: ‘It only dawned on me about 35 seconds ago that if I went home and I had lost to Matt Hancock, I would be in so much s***.’
Following Matt’s victory, Charlene joked that she was ‘super, super proud’ of Matt for finally winning a leadership contest, while Mike claimed he was ‘devastated’ to have been beaten by the Conservative MP.
The votes are in: After his triumph in the trial, it was revealed that Matt had been voted as one of the camp leaders, with the politician choosing Charlene White as his deputy
As camp leaders, Matt and Loose Women anchor Charlene no longer have to carry out camp duties and instead focus on delegating tasks and can spend their nights sleeping indoors in the camper van, while Matt has been assigned his own regal red chair for exclusive use.
Reflecting in The Bush Telegraph, ITV newsreader Charlene – who was later seen finding it difficult to stay in the RV due to a spider – joked that she would never have believed she would ever find herself rooming with Matt.
She said: ‘No one could ever have made me believe that by the end of the year I would be sharing a room with Matt Hancock, so…it’s all a journey!’
Competition: Mike Tindall had been selected by the public to go head-to-head with Matt in a battle to become camp leader
Many took to Twitter to say it made for uncomfortable viewing, adding that they were impressed Matt was able to complete the trials as successfully as he had done so far.
One person wrote on Twitter: ‘It’s getting quite uncomfortable to watch all the sly digs and bullying that’s going on in @imacelebrity #BeKind is surely forgotten.’
Uncomfortable: Elsewhere, viewers claimed Matt was being bullied by some members of the camp, which they claimed made for difficult viewing
Another person tweeted: ‘I think it’s a disgrace, Matt has done more for that camp than anyone else. He shouldn’t be put through this. It’s horrible that bullying is going on these are adults I’m not watching anymore.’
While someone else posted: ‘Don’t like the bullying. I would like to see @BoyGeorge and @Sue_Cleaver do a trial.’
‘Fed up of the bullying ! And 2 faced people. Let some of them moaning do the trials see how many they get,’ posted another viewer.
While someone else shared: ‘Matt again?? Really?? About time Boy George and Chris Moyes had a go! They are verging on bullying in there – not nice people at all’
And someone else wrote: ‘So fed up if Hancock doing it everyday also disgusted with the bullying it would not be entertained anywhere.’
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! continues on ITV on Monday at 9pm.
I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star
PHOBIAS: Being scared
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs
ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges
DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ
PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.
DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!
CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun
PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener!
DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat!
CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person
DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator
BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!
CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor
PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people
DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman
CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest
DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.
OLIVIA ATTWOOD – EXITED THE SHOW
CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star
PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour
DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell
CLAIM TO FAME: Politician
PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too