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Charlene White left I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on Friday night after receiving the fewest public votes to stay in the camp. The 42-year-old newsreader has since discussed her time on the show in interviews including one with her fellow Loose Women panellists today.
Speaking of her experience, Charlene has said she felt as though she “walked a tightrope” around Matt Hancock as she tried to remain impartial.
With this, the Loose Women star refused to sleep in the RV with the former Health Secretary and insisted he ruined her time on the show.
On confronting Matt over his breach of social distancing rules, she told press: “I didn’t want anyone to feel like I was being too sympathetic to Matt because that would jeopardise the job that I love and jeopardise my journalistic integrity. It would have shattered the impartiality I’ve consistently had the past 20 years.
“In my heart I felt if I didn’t represent those people who are still grieving and still hurting, if I don’t think about them and ask the questions that I want to know regarding his reasoning for going in the jungle… then I’m not doing my job.
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Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Nicola McLean, 41, has since taken a swipe at Charlene over her comments.
Speaking to the Daily Star online, she said: “Charlene deserved it and I really hate her exit interview which she came out with. It’s a load of bulls***.
“She should have slept in the RV, she should have told Matt what she really thought, she said he ruined her jungle experience for her.“It didn’t seem like that, hun, because you seemed really pally. She deserved to go.”
Nicola went on to say that while she liked Charlene, she doesn’t believe she did confront Matt the way viewers hoped.
She added: “I respect the career she got, she’s amazing, I’m sure she’s a fabulous mum, I’m not hating but she deserved to go.
“We could have kept her in so at least it was something to talk about with ‘bed gate’ but she needed to go.”
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Nicola also alleged that with Charlene being the first to leave the show proved she was “unpopular with viewers”.
On Loose Women today, the journalist said she “massively regrets” not being “explicit enough” over her RV refusal.
Finally expressing her thoughts, she told her fellow panellists: “I felt like being in such an intimate space with a very high profile Conservative MP would reflect badly on me as a journalist in the future.
“I couldn’t quite understand how it would be taken if I were to be interviewing Labour politicians, Lib Dem politicians, the Greens – when they know that I’ve shared an intimate space with someone that’s in an opposition party. It just didn’t sit well with me.”
Nicola went on to say she was “shocked” by Charlene’s admission about the show.
“It’s so sad to do a show like I’m A Celeb and have regrets so I feel sorry for her,” the former glamour model added.
Meanwhile, Sue Cleaver became the thir campmate to leave the show this evening.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues tomorrow at 9pm on ITV.
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