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Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly been offered a stint in the jungle on the newest series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here.
The popular show, fronted by Ant and Dec, sees a host of celebrities and public figures venture into the Australian outback where they sleep under the stars and take part in an eclectic mix of gruesome challenges and stunts.
Former Health Secretary – and one time colleague of Boris Johnson – Matt Hancock infamously took part last year and received a hefty £320,000 fee for appearing. 59 year old Boris has,according to the Mirror, been offered a similar opportunity to appear on the show.
Matt donated £10,000, 3 per cent of his total taking-part fee to charities, later defending it as a "decent sum".
But, the publication reports he’s expected to turn down the invitation to jet Down Under as he’s pulling in quite a decent amount of cash from his after-dinner speeches. Still, it's believed he has pushed for a deal which dwarfs the £400,000 paid to fellow Tory MP Matt Hancock last year.
One source said: “He’s not looking likely. The truth is he doesn’t need the cash as much as he did before, thanks to his income from speeches and, of course, he still thinks he’s going to stage some sort of political comeback at some stage.”
His father Stanley Johnson famously appeared on the show, where he befriended Made in Chelsea star, Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo.
Last June saw Boris step down as the Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip – nine months after he resigned from his role as Prime Minister – following a controversial investigation into the Partygate scandal, which found that he had misled Parliament.
He was fined by police for breaking his own Covid rules and was recommended a lengthy suspension from the House of Commons for his behaviour.
Though he dubbed the investigation a "witch-hunt", Boris eventually obyered his peers' wishes, before it emerged earlier this year that he had received £2.5m as an advance for speeches, racking up a total of £5m since stepping away from his former office.
He was also was still allowed to reward his closes allies with peerages in a resignation honours list, and amongst the 40 pals given gongs was Martin Reynolds, who was found to have held an illegal Downing Street garden party during lockdown in 2020.
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