“I’m gutted that Matt Hancock is more popular than me. What the bejesus is going on? Why am I out and he’s still in?” The MP beat the DJ as Chris Moyles became the latest campmate given his jungle marching orders. Against all odds, former health secretary Hancock has made the final five of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV). He might have lost the Tory whip but at this rate, he’ll be returning to Westminster in triumph with a suntan, several famous friends and a whole new fanbase.
While the politician retained his campfire seat, Radio X presenter Moyles departed in a cloud of sparkly confetti, slight bitterness and silvery stubble. He could never bring himself to call his fellow contestant anything friendlier than “Matt Hancock” (full name every time) but must now swallow being bested by him. At least Moyles had his fill of roughing it in the bush. “I can’t lie, boys,” he’d told hosts Ant and Dec. “I’m done. I’ve realised I’m an anxious, scared man who’s only comfortable in a radio studio.”
Shock jock Moyles had proved a prickly presence. He rarely seemed to be enjoying himself, hence was tricky to warm to. His drily deadpan wit got lost amid the hubbub. The 48-year-old’s dramatic weight loss caused a double-take when he first arrived on screen but since then, he’s been as grey as his locks. At least he had sufficient self-awareness to call himself “slimmed-down but still annoying”.
Before touching down in Australia, Moyles vowed to be the resident “entertainer”. He turned out less Mr Saturday Night, more Mr Drizzly Tuesday. He’s known for being opinionated on radio but seemed to bite his tongue for TV, only truly coming alive in his exit interview. His playground-style sulk when Boy George befriended Seann Walsh demonstrated the jealous insecurities beneath the bluster.