Babatunde Aleshe says Matt Hancock is no longer in I’m A Celebrity group chat

Babatunde Aleshe has said Matt Hancock is no longer a member of the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! group chat with his former campmates.

Comedian Babatunde, 36, and the former Health Secretary, 44, were contestants on the hit ITV reality show in 2022.

Babatunde has now opened up on his experience during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, and he spilled the beans on how involved the MP still is with the former campmates.

Speaking about whether Matt is even still in the WhatsApp group, Babatunde admitted: “I checked today and he’s not in the group anymore.

“I don’t know if he’s been kicked out or if he left of his own accord.”

The comedian went on to say that while the contestant were all laughing and joking together by the end, the experience of living with the former minister was "tough" in reality.

“I won’t lie, it was tough but I tried to make good out of a bad situation," he explained.“You’re in here, I’ve got to be your teammate and he came in flying, winning trials.

“But at the end of the day, I do believe in second chances and I was just like 'Let me at least try to be the nice person'."

Despite enormous controversy over the MP's addition to the camp, which also saw the public repeatedly voting for Matt to take on various Bushtucker Trials for days on end, he ended up surprising many.

The campmate ended up making it all the way to the final, with some even convinced he would win the whole series.

He came third, behind the winner, Euro 2022 champion Jill Scott, and Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner following a public vote.

During his time in the jungle, Matt also received grillings over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic by fellow contestants including Culture Club frontman Boy George and Loose Women star and newsreader Charlene White.

Following his 18-day stint on the show, which saw him earn a reported £400,000 fee, Hancock revealed he would not stand in the next general election.

In December, A Place in the Sun host Scarlette Douglas, 35, said that Matt wasn't in the WhatsApp group at the time, and it was up to group admin Mike Tindall to invite him.

Speaking at the UK premiere of the film Emancipation, she told PA she "didn't know" if he would be included going forward.

"I’m not the admin of that WhatsApp group so if Mike wants to invite him he absolutely can, but it’s not me to put the invitation out so we’ll see what happens," she said.

“He might be busy you never know, he’s doing a lot of stuff, he’s got a lot of press coming up so he might be too busy.”

The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday at 9.40pm on ITV1 and ITVX.


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