I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Fans appear to have had a dramatic change of heart regarding Matt Hancock as many now hope he wins.
The former health secretary, 44, received a lot of criticism when he revealed he had agreed to be a contestant on this year’s series.
But having weathered the first three eliminations, many viewers now appear to want the controversial MP, who will reportedly pocket £400,000 for the show, to be crowned king of the jungle.
Change of Mind: I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Fans appear to have had a dramatic change of heart regarding Matt Hancock as many now hope he wins
His unpopularity early on in the show was arguably compounded by being picked for six straight bushtucker trials.
However, viewers now seem to have slacked off on the politician.
Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote, “Matt Hancock wins love him,” while another added, “Seann, Matt, Jill & Owen for Final 4 would love to see one of them win.”
Several fans simply wrote, “Matt to win,” while another said he was “the best.”
Controversial: The former health secretary, 44, received a lot of criticism when it emerged that he had agreed to become a contestant for this year’s series
Not all viewers were convinced, however, with one writing: “People who say Matt Hancock wins because he’s ‘humble and kind’ need to keep their heads up”.
Another added: “As weird as Matt Hancock has carried on, I’m a celebrity and all of a sudden people have forgotten everything he’s done to this country and actually want him to win because other camp mates are ‘ mean to him ‘ are, is that real ? you are joking please
Another viewer said: “If Matt Hancock wins I’m a celebrity I’ll write a complaint email to Ofcom.”
Matt was forced to resign as Health Secretary last June after CCTV images showed him embracing his married lover Gina Coladangelo, 44, at the Health Ministry during the height of the pandemic.
Reaction: But after surviving the first three eliminations, many viewers now seem to want the controversial MP to be crowned king of the jungle
But speaking to a business podcast in February, he said the relationship started “quite quickly” after legal social distancing restrictions were lifted and replaced with guidance.
Speaking to The Diary of a CEO Podcast, Matt said he “fell in love” with Coladangelo after bringing her to work with him.
He told Dragons’ Den podcast host, entrepreneur and investor Steven Bartlett: “It actually happened after the rules were lifted, but the guidance was still in effect. I resigned because up until then I had been violating social distancing guidelines.
“Those weren’t really rules. They weren’t the law. But that is not the point.
Challenge: His unpopularity early on in the show was arguably compounded by being picked for six straight bushtucker trials
“The point is, it was the guidelines I had proposed. And that happened because I fell in love with someone.”
People had to stay two meters away from anyone outside of their household or bladder under guidance at the time.
Stressing that his relationship with Miss Coladangelo was serious, Matt said he hated that some had “kind of got the impression it was like that [casual sex]’.
The father-of-three expressed regret at the pain the affair caused after it sparked the collapse of his 15-year marriage to wife Martha to be with Miss Coladangelo – who was also married and had three children .
Undeterred: Not all viewers were convinced, however, with one writing: “People who say Matt Hancock wins because he’s ‘humble and kind’ need to keep their heads down.”
He added that he has known Miss Coladangelo “for more than half of my life” since they first worked together on Oxford University student radio.
He took her to the health department for help with “public communications.”
Matt said: “We ironically spent a lot of time together trying to get me to communicate in a more emotionally intelligent way.
“And we fell in love. And that was something completely out of my control.’
He also admitted the government knew some measures it had taken during the pandemic were “very harmful”.
Quit: Matt was forced to resign as Health Secretary last June after CCTV images showed him embracing with his married lover Gina Coladangelo (pictured) at the Health Ministry during the height of the pandemic
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