Nigel Farage’s alleged remuneration for I’m A Celebrity has taken Sam Thompson by surprise… I need to get out of here!
The Made in Chelsea star was just voted King of the Jungle, with boxing great Tony Bellew coming in second and former UKIP leader Nigel finishing in third.
According to reports, the politician received a £1.5 million charge for his time in Australia, making him the highest-paid campmate ever, and this year’s winner was taken aback by the price.
When hearing the stated sum, he told The Times, ‘Was he? Oh my God! I didn’t know what to do. You could purchase five mansions with that money!’
Sam emphasised that his personal jungle experience was not about money or a “career move,” and that he would have happily gone on the programme out of his own pocket.
‘Mate, I would have done it for anything! I would have been a very, very easy negotiation. I would have paid them to be on it,’ he said.
Instead of a large salary cheque, the reality personality and radio broadcaster merely wanted to meet hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly and participate in some heinous Bushtucker Trials.
‘It wasn’t monetary, or a career move, I genuinely wanted to go and eat camel’s penis,’ he added. ‘I wanted to meet Ant and Dec, they’re my heroes, the most iconic people of my life.’
According to the MailOnline last month, Farage’s 2023 fee is the most I’m A Celeb has splashed out on a star since Noel Edmonds, who received £600,000 in 2018.
Following the conclusion of I’m A Celebrity, it was discovered that Farage received 25.78% of the vote, following Sam (43.35%) and Tony (30.87%).
When news of his casting on the long-running reality series was disclosed, show executives faced tremendous public outcry, but he eventually made it to the final three.
‘A lot of people said to me, don’t do it, it’ll be a disaster. It’ll demean you. People will never look at you seriously again,’ he recently said on GB News.
‘I said to them all “Don’t be such stuffed shirts”. I think it is worth the gamble and people will see who I really am, as opposed to who they think, perhaps I am.’
Despite clearly gaining popular support, there were some difficult moments between Farage and I’m A Celebrity executives as he opted to shower naked.
Producers were unimpressed, but when they chastised him, he retaliated by asking them to “go to hell.”
He continued to The Sun: ‘Sam did not shower naked and Sam did not check himself. Sam woke up one morning screaming – the leech was huge. It was on his a*** and the sleeping bag looked like a murder scene.
‘So, there were very good reasons [to be naked].’
Source My Celebrity Life.