Nigel Farage will take part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here this year after jungle queen Georgia Toffolo brokered the deal with ITV.
The 59-year-old politician will appear on the reality show next month alongside Josie Gibson and Danny Cipriani.
This comes after former Made In Chelsea star Georgia – better known as Toff – landed the big deal after winning the show in 2017.
She owns the company Visionary Talent Agency – VTA – and personally leads the negotiations.
It is not yet clear how much Farage will earn for his appearance, although rumors last night suggested he could pocket up to £1 million.
Nigel Farage will take part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here this year after jungle queen Georgia Toffolo brokered the deal with ITV
Excited According to a TV insider, presenters Ant and Dec will be excited about the signing, which could be a deal worth up to £1million
This comes after former Made In Chelsea star Georgia – better known as Toff – landed the big deal after winning the show in 2017
An ITV insider said: “It was certainly a first for a former I’m A Celeb winner to broker a deal for another contestant.”
“Nigel has been offered the chance to go into the jungle several times but Toff made it happen this time.” Everyone involved in the deal is thrilled.
“It’s definitely a treat.”
Toff, 29, was crowned Queen of the Jungle six years ago, beating actor Jamie Lomas and DJ Iain Lee in the final.
But now she owns VTA, which has offices in both London and Los Angeles.
Farage is said to have been invited onto the show “several times” in the past, something TV bosses were hoping for Its controversial and polarizing image would spark exciting camp discussions and boost viewership.
A source said: “Nigel has been at the top of I’m A Celeb bosses’ wish lists for years.”
“They have offered him a big fee as they know he will boost ratings.” Ant and Dec will love this signing.
“Nigel is the ultimate Marmite character and doesn’t hold back when it comes to camp discussions.”
Although his fee has not been revealed, it is thought he may earn a similar sum to Boy George, who reportedly earned £900,000 during his jungle sojourn last year.
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Rumor has it that 52-year-old jockey Frankie Dettori is heading straight to Australia
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Queens of the Jungle: Last year, former lioness Jill Scott (center) won the crown and title
Producers believe Farage’s signing will ensure another successful season, particularly after former health secretary Matt Hancock, who attended last year, attracted attention.
Reflecting on his previous stance on I’m A Celebrity, the former Ukip leader had publicly rejected several offers and raised concerns about the potentially humiliating nature of the show.
However, he also admitted that one should never say never.
Last year Farage said on his GB News show: “I’ve been approached by I’m a Celebrity several times.” . Get me out of here! and I always ruled it out.
“I never thought that would be a good thing.”
“To be honest, I found it all quite humiliating. But I suppose you can never say never.’
Farage follows in the footsteps of other prominent political figures entering the jungle, including Nadine Dorries, Edwina Currie and Stanley Johnson.
The line-up for this year’s I’m A Celebrity has yet to be announced. ITV says any names suggested “are speculation” – but there are rumors that jockey Frankie Dettori and also This Morning presenter Josie Gibson are set to head to Australia. He is believed to have been offered a six-figure deal.
Rumor has it that First Dates’ Fred Sirieix is also in “negotiations” to star in the series.