EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hancock will enter the I’m A Celeb jungle TODAY alongside Seann Walsh – as pair are rushed into camp early to save the show after Olivia Attwood’s shock exit
Matt Hancock will enter the I’m A Celeb jungle today, MailOnline can reveal.
The former Health Secretary, 44, is being rushed into camp earlier than anticipated alongside comedian Seann Walsh, 36, to save the ITV show hours after Olivia Attwood, 31, was forced to leave on medical grounds.
A TV insider confirmed to MailOnline that the pair’s entrance will be teased by hosts Ant and Dec at the end of Tuesday night’s show while viewers can expect to see them in camp for the first time the following day.
Going in: Matt Hancock will enter the I’m A Celeb jungle today, MailOnline can reveal, hours after Olivia Attwood, 31, was forced to leave the ITV show on medical grounds
‘It’s possibly been the worst kept secret in the show’s history – but finally, Matt Hancock will be entering the I’m A Celeb jungle on Tuesday,’ a source explained.
‘Matt’s arrival will come as no surprise to viewers who have been eagerly awaiting his entrance – but for the rest of the cast, it’ll be a total shock.
‘And it’s two for the price of one as Matt is joined by his new co-star Seann Walsh, who’s yet to be seen since arriving in Australia.
‘Ant and Dec have some great gags up their sleeve and will be teasing their appearance tonight – it’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for.’
New arrival: The former Health Secretary, 44, is being rushed into camp earlier than anticipated alongside comedian Seann Walsh, 36, (pictured) to save the ITV show
New home: A TV insider confirmed to MailOnline that the pair’s entrance will be teased by hosts Ant and Dec at the end of Tuesday night’s show
Matt and Sean’s arrival in camp comes after former Love Island star Olivia was forced to leave the Australian jungle after 24 hours on medical grounds.
She’s the second contestant in the show’s history to leave after a day – with 2005 campmate Elaine Jordan lasting the same amount of time.
A source close to Olivia told MailOnline she’s ‘absolutely devastated’ her time has been cut short after she became the first ex-Love Island contestant chosen by ITV bosses to star on I’m A Celeb.
They said: ‘She’s so upset. She’s absolutely devastated.
Mystery: Matt and Sean’s arrival in camp comes after former Love Island star Olivia was forced to leave the Australian jungle after 24 hours on medical grounds
‘Olivia felt so honoured and privileged to have been the first Love Island star to be given the opportunity to go into the I’m A Celeb jungle.
‘The worst part is that she absolutely did not quit the show and hates anyone thinking it was her decision to leave.
‘She wanted to take part still, but she had to leave for reasons beyond her control, which will be explained at a later time.
A statement shared on Olivia’s Instagram last night, read: ‘To say Olivia is heartbroken would be an understatement, she dreamed of doing I’m A Celeb for years, and was absolutely loving every second of the show and throwing herself into jungle life feet first (just as we knew she would).
‘We’re very sad to see her go’: Ant and Dec addressed Olivia’s shock departure at the start of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on Monday night
‘However, for reasons beyond her control her journey has been cut short. Your support and kind words have meant the absolute world to her, now as much as it always has.
‘You will hear the truth from Olivia in due course and she will be back on your screens in the New Year. P.s who’s going to roast Matt Hancock now?’
Matt landed in Brisbane, Australia last Wednesday morning after it was revealed he had signed up to the reality series to raise awareness of dyslexia.
Earlier this week, the Daily Mail exclusively revealed that Matt was given ‘special treatment’ ahead of his jungle stint by being granted permission to use his phone and laptop during his isolation period.
All will be revealed: A statement shared on Olivia’s Instagram last night, read: ‘To say Olivia is heartbroken would be an understatement’
Matt, who lost the Tory whip when it was announced he had signed up, was allowed to speak to his personal advisor via Zoom despite his co-stars having their technology confiscated.
A source said: ‘Matt has been given a different arrangement during his isolation period to the other contestants. He has been allowed his phone and laptop so he can carry on working and keep in touch with his constituents.’
The Daily Mail also revealed that Matt’s girlfriend Gina Coladangelo, 45, will be flying out to Australia to support him on the show, where he is destined to be voted for the Bush Tucker Trials.
Matt and Seann will join the likes of singer Boy George, 61, ex-Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, 48, newsreader Charlene White, 42, and former rugby professional Mike Tindall, 44, in the jungle.
On Monday night’s episode of the show, Mike revealed his first date with royal wife Zara got ‘boozy’ – before stunning camp with his rapping skills.
Heading home to her beau: Olivia fiancée Bradley Dack insists the Love Island star is ‘fine’ after being forced to quit, but told MailOnline on Monday he has ‘no idea’ why she left
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