SAS veterans who interrogated Matt Hancock on a reality TV show said they questioned him about his political actions and his handling of the pandemic “for the nation”.
Chief instructor Mark Billingham said his colleagues at Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins wanted to question him about his decision-making and cheating on his wife.
The program shows a different teacher Chris Oliver famously scolded him in the interrogation room: “You think, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to have a little bit of this. I will break the rules here, I will break the rules on multiple occasions”. When I sat on that side of the table, that’s exactly how it went.’
Mr Hancock responds that he was “very careful” not to break the law, but admits he was not thinking about the Government’s guidance at the time.
Jason Fox then berates him: “If we give a series of orders, we’ll fucking live our lives by them.”
Hancock was insulted and yelled at during the interrogation and wore this stiff face during the interview
The former secretary who cheated on his wife was shouted at by SAS veterans on TV
Mr Hancock got a little wet splashing around in a river on the grueling SAS reality TV show
The Telegraph Mr Billingham reportedly said at a launch event for the show this week: “We pushed as hard as we could to get it out of him.”
‘I wanted to know. We all wanted to know. And yes, I think the nation wants to know. So we got as far as we could with him. But you know, it was hard work.”
Hancock has already tried to explain himself in his book “Pandemic Diaries,” which sold just 3,304 copies in its first week and 600 copies the next.
Hancock will appear alongside the likes of former glamor model Danielle Lloyd, 39, TOWIE’s Amber Turner, 30, and singer Gareth Gates, 39, as he attempts to complete the grueling SAS-style selection process.
In the first episode, which airs next Tuesday at 9.30pm, Hancock will also be seen walking across two parallel metal poles suspended 15 meters above the ground.
Based on the clips so far, Hancock appears to have the same expression on his face during tough challenges
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock meets his match in the new series Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins as he takes on ex-footballer Jermaine Pennant
The opening episode of the Channel 4 show sees the two contestants face off in a boxing match (or at least fist to fist).
While filming the SAS show in Vietnam last year, Hancock can be seen throwing a punch at the ex-winger before he is thrown to the ground
The MP will appear alongside the likes of former glamor model Danielle Lloyd as he attempts to complete the grueling SAS-style selection process
After he fails the task, his tame performance is compared to Cirque du Soleil and the directing team brands him a “complete idiot.”
Hancock is psychologically questioned by former military officers Jason Fox and Chris Oliver about why he wanted to appear on the series.
During the intensive conversation, he admitted regret over his lack of “leadership skills” after being caught having an affair with his adviser Gina Coladangelo, but still stressed that he had done a good job as health minister during the pandemic.
Hancock said, “I want to make an effort.” I’ve been through something really big; It didn’t end the way I wanted…’
The Channel 4 series is Hancock’s second notable television appearance since he resigned as health secretary for breaching Covid-19 guidelines, having also starred on I’m A Celeb
He claims he joined the show because he wanted to “test the limits” and “see how deep I can dig.”
TOWIE’s Amber Turner, former Love Island contestants Montana Brown and Teddy Sears, singer Gareth Gates and model Melinda Messenger are some of the recruits taking part
Former rugby player Gareth Thomas, singer Siva Kaneswaran, Liberty X star Michelle Heaton and athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton are also in the squad
When asked by Jason Fox what he was referring to, Hancock replied: “I got through the pandemic, didn’t I?”
He continued: “It was the greatest experience of my life… it’s hard to imagine a greater professional experience than being health minister during a pandemic. “I have pushed myself beyond my limits in the past, but I want to test the limits… see how deep I can dig.
“I was navigating a very difficult situation professionally…thought I did a pretty good job…I fell in love with someone I’ve known since college and worked closely with during the pandemic, and I did. “ resign from the government.
“The truth is that I was very careful not to break any of the laws, but what I didn’t believe was that there were still guidelines that were not legally binding at that point, but they were still the guidelines that we published.” . “I regret the lack of leadership at the end.”
And in a typical display of arrogance, he claims he is capable of withstanding the pressure placed on him by the series’ intimidating directing staff, the four former soldiers who oversee the brutal challenges.
Former TOWIE star James Argent is one of the recruits taking on the challenge of this series following his battle with addiction
Hancock said: “I’ve seen pressure, so I’ll be facing water on the back of a duck on this course.”
“I’ve been in some of the most pressured situations you can imagine.” In those really stressful moments, I hope I can draw on what I’ve experienced.
“I’m pretty used to being in a hostile environment. Politics is inherently hostile. I’ve experienced my share of hostility.’
The Channel 4 series, which runs for seven weeks, is Hancock’s second notable television appearance since he resigned as health secretary for breaching Covid-19 guidelines he introduced after he left office last year “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out” was from here!
While in the Australian jungle, Hancock was stung by a scorpion and ate a camel’s penis and a sheep’s vagina, completing the series’ famous bush-tucker trials.
- Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins starts on Tuesday at 9.30pm on Channel 4