Nigel Farage says he was warned against signing up to I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! for fear that it would be a 'disaster'.
The 59-year-old former UKIP leader faced significant public backlash when news of his casting in the long-running reality show was announced.
But after packing his bags and heading Down Under, he ended up being one of the last celebrities standing, coming in third place this weekend.
Now Nigel has spoken out about initial concerns about his appearance on the series and how he backed down.
After returning home to the UK from Australia, Nigel appeared on GB News on Wednesday night to discuss his time in the jungle, for which he was reportedly paid £1.5 million.
Speaking on the channel, Nigel shared some of the concerns people around him had.
'A lot of people told me: don't do it, it will be a disaster. This will bring you down.
'People will never look at you seriously again.
'I told them all, “Don't be so full of shirts.” I think it's worth taking a chance and people will see who I really am, rather than who they think maybe I am.'
Following the end of the reality show, which was won by Made in Chelsea's Sam Thompson, it was revealed that Nigel had obtained 25.78 per cent of the vote, behind Sam with 43.35 per cent and retired boxer Tony Bellew with 30, 87 percent.
Despite clearly getting some public support, behind the scenes things were tense between Nigel and I'm A Celebrity bosses after he decided to take a nude shower.
At several points throughout the season, he was caught undressing in the rain, much to the shock of his campmates and those watching at home.
However, it turns out the producers were less than impressed, but when they told him off, he responded by telling them to 'go to hell'.
“Being told to check yourself and keep yourself clean – and then being told you can’t take your pants off in the shower felt contradictory to me,” he said.
'I had a huge fight. I was told, as a matter of taste and out of respect for cameramen and women, that I shouldn't be doing this. I said, “Go to hell!”
He continued to The Sun: 'Sam didn't shower naked and Sam didn't control himself. Sam woke up one morning screaming – the leech was huge. It was on his ass and the sleeping bag looked like a crime scene.
'So there were good reasons [to be naked].'
He went on to say that after this incident, the other campmates “did the same” and “four other guys got naked.”
I'm a celebrity…Get me out of here! is broadcasting on ITVX.
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