TV Hammer in Britain: Nigel Farage will soon be seen in the British jungle camp. The politician confirmed his participation in the show.
He is one of the country’s most famous faces and has been involved in British politics for decades. Former Ukip party chief and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage no longer holds an official role, but he still doesn’t want to say goodbye to the big stage.
The right-wing populist has his own program on the news channel GB News, which is considered the British version of the North American channel Fox News. Soon he will reach an audience of millions in front of their TV screens – in the jungle camp. Nigel Farage takes part in this year’s edition of ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’, the original version of ‘I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!’
“The rumors are true… see you in the jungle”
Rumors about the 59-year-old’s participation in the reality format have persisted for weeks. Farage himself confirmed to GB News that he had been offered the show. It’s such a “significant sum” that he’s considering taking it “very, very seriously” for the first time. On Monday he announced on Twitter: “The rumors are true… see you in the jungle!”
Season 23 begins on British television on November 19. Farage is said to have been at the top of creators’ wish lists for years – and is now being paid the biggest fee in the show’s 21-year history. As reported by the “Daily Mail”, among others, he negotiated a contract worth 1.5 million pounds (the equivalent of around 1.72 million euros).
In addition to the money, there was another incentive for him to move to the jungle camp, the politician had already emphasized: “Ten million young people watch this program every night. I don’t read newspapers, but “they still care about their country. I could connect with that audience if I did that,” he said on GB News.
“A hero to some people and a villain to millions of others”
Farage is known for not mincing words and has made scandalous headlines several times in the past with his statements. In Britain he is considered the boy next door. He did not study and dropped out of school at 16. During his tenure, he preferred to pose in bars, with a cigarette in one hand and a beer in the other.
“I’m a hero to some people and an absolute villain to millions of others,” Farage said in the show’s official introduction video. People would like him more or less after his performance – “but at least you’ll find out,” the 59-year-old told the audience.
Farage’s political career began with the Tory Conservatives; He entered school while still in school. In 1991, aged 27, he left the party in protest against Prime Minister John Major’s pro-European course and founded the multi-party organization Anti-Federalist League. UKIP emerged from this in 1993. The party’s political aim: to take Britain out of the European Union.
The breakthrough came in the European elections, five years later. Farage was one of three UKIP members to enter the European Parliament. He was a member until the United Kingdom left the European Union in 2020. A year later, he announced his resignation as leader of the Reform UK party (formerly the Brexit Party).