Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party and leader of the Brexit Party, sparked a fiery discussion about Brexit while on the reality TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. During Monday's episode, Farage sat in the jungle camp, where he faced criticism from his fellow campmates over his views on the UK's departure from the European Union.
In a conversation with This Morning host Josie Gibson and former EastEnders actress Danielle Harold, Farage was questioned about his experience with former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his thoughts on Brexit. Farage described Johnson as "entertaining" but also "surprisingly introverted" and criticized the handling of Brexit, saying it was "bloody chaos" and a "shambles."
The debate intensified when French maître d’ Fred Sirieix challenged Farage on the benefits of Brexit. Sirieix, who remembered Farage's controversial poster about immigration, called it "shameful" and accused Farage of demonizing migrants. Farage defended his position, explaining that the poster depicted the reality of mass illegal immigration. The exchange became heated, with Sirieix stating that it wasn't just his view but a widely held one.
Farage expressed his understanding that politics would inevitably come up during his time on the show, but Sirieix remained firm in his beliefs. After the incident, MasterChef star Grace Dent commented on Farage's strong attachment to Brexit and predicted that Sirieix wouldn't change his mind.
The clash between Farage and Sirieix showcased the deep divisions surrounding Brexit, even in a reality TV setting. While Farage emphasized the importance of self-governance and being in control, Sirieix argued that the average person in the UK had suffered from Brexit.
The conversation left campmates divided and led to Dent jokingly stating that she would rather wash up than hear another word about Brexit. The episode ended with tensions still simmering, as the contestants prepared for the next installment of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! continues to entertain audiences with its mix of celebrity personalities, who reveal more about themselves as they experience life in the jungle. The clash between Farage and Sirieix highlights the ongoing debate and differing opinions surrounding Brexit, even beyond the realm of politics.