Reigning King of the Jungle Matt Willis will be presenting I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here Now! with fiancee Emma Griffiths live from Australia. Here, he looks ahead to his return trip to the jungle…
Matt, are you looking forward to presenting ITV2’s sister show with your fiancée Emma Griffiths?
“I think it’s going to be really fun who else better to show me what to teach me the ropes than my Mrs? I’m really looking forward to it. Plus, it’s going to be a bit of a laugh really, it’s not like we’re two surgeons having to save somebody’s life, it’s not that stressful, it’s going to hopefully be just me and Emma having fun.”
Are you excited about returning to the jungle?
“Obviously, it’s going to be a lot different than it was last time. I’ve got the comfort of a hotel. I’m obviously kind of working – it’s a whole totally new concept for me being a TV presenter… because I’ve never really done it before. I’m being thrown in the deep end with live TV but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Are you still a fan of the show?
“It’s a great show, it’s a great thing to be a part of. I got offered parts to do when I came out of the jungle, loads of TV work, but there was no reason for me to do it. This one seemed the obvious choice for my first TV appearance since last year.”
Which celebrity would you like to see in the jungle this year?
“I’d like to see Mr T in there this year; that would make my day to see Mr T in the jungle. I’d like to have to see everybody do may last trial. Everybody that goes on the show should have to do it to get in the jungle, that’s what I think.”
What would your advice be to anyone faced with a ‘food’ challenge?
“I was the quickest one to eat all the worms and kangeroos bottoms and things. Which is not a great achievement, I’d like to say, but why mess around with it, you’ve got to get it done, just get it down your neck and then walk round the corner and chuck it back up.”
How did it feel being crowned King of the Jungle?
“When you first come out you notice it immensely. Suddenly, people knew who I was which I found really, really odd, I couldn’t walk into a restaurant without people coming up to me. That was quite weird, but it was amazing – everyone was really nice.”
Were you prepared for people to be not so nice?
“You go on these shows expecting criticism in some way. I worried about that kind of thing, expecting to get criticised and all that kind of stuff. But I think that if you’re an idiot on the show then you come across as one – but luckily I don’t think I’m an idiot.”