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I'm a Celeb viewers angry at Matt Hancock 'gaslighting the nation' in final interview

Daisy Phillipson

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I'm a Celeb viewers angry at Matt Hancock 'gaslighting the nation' in final interview

Well, it's official - Matt Hancock has left the jungle.

After being voted out of I'm a Celebrity - much later than many expected - tonight's (27 November) finale saw the politician speaking with Ant and Dec for his exit interview.

But viewers back at home weren't too happy with Hancock's departing words (to put it nicely), with one even suggesting that he was 'gaslighting the nation'. You can watch a segment of the interview below:

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During the sit down, he gave similar statements as he had to his fellow contestants, suggesting that people don't know the real him.

"I carry with me expectations," he said. "People think they know me but actually they don't.

"They know Matt Hancock from the TV and from the media."

When it came to discussing the grilling he received during his time in the jungle, he said: "Of course, I was expecting that."

Some of the difficult conversations were, according to his accounts, 'really enjoyable and a release', while others were 'emotional'.

It's no surprise he got a grilling - before he'd even appeared on the show, a petition was launched against the former MP by the COVID Bereaved Families for Justice group.

The organisation argues that tens of thousands of people died during the pandemic unnecessarily.

Matt Hancock was greeted by the girlfriend he broke his own rules for. Credit: Twitter
Matt Hancock was greeted by the girlfriend he broke his own rules for. Credit: Twitter

Hancock was the Health Secretary during that time and was the subject of great controversy over issues from the very start.

These included delaying the first lockdown until after Cheltenham Festival, the questionable awarding of contracts regarding PPE, and the massively expensive contact tracing system that was broadly unfit for purpose.

It then turned out that Hancock had been cheating on his wife with an aide, who was also married, named Gina Coladangelo.

Viewers have since taken to Twitter to share their distaste for Hancock's exit interview, suggesting that he brushed over some of the serious mistakes he'd made over the past few years.

What's more, some feel his departing words were manipulative and designed to improve his public image.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

"People have said we’ve seen the real honest Matt Hancock behind the politician facade whilst he’s been in the jungle," wrote one.

"But this exit interview has proven that everything with him is fake, politically influenced and carefully planned by his PR team."

Another said: "ITV letting Matt Hancock gaslight the nation on live television tonight."

"Matt Hancock’s exit interview with Ant and Dec has been one of the most manipulative things I’ve ever watched," added a third.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Even Domino's Pizza chimed in, writing: "This interview with Hancock might be the most stomach churning trial we've been through yet #ImACeleb."

Ouch.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: ITV, Im A Celebrity, Matt Hancock, TV and Film, Politics

Daisy Phillipson
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