Sam Thompson reacts to Nigel Farage’s record I’m a Celebrity salary

Sam Thompson, this year’s winner of I’m a Celeb, “didn’t have a clue” about Nigel Farage’s file-breaking fees for participating on the clearly show.

Thompson, 31, was topped King of The Jungle through the finale on 10 December, rounding out a different time of Bushtucker-stuffed fun in the Australian wilderness.

The winner was resolved by an viewers vote, with over 50 for every cent of viewers finding Thompson about his fellow campmates, expert heavyweight boxer Tony Bellew and Farage, the previous Ukip and Brexit party leader.

In his initially job interview because returning to London from Australia, Thompson admitted he had no idea Farage, 59, experienced been compensated £1.5m for his visual appeal on I’m a Celeb, including he would have finished the display for free of charge.

“Was he? Bloody hell! I did not have a clue,” the former Manufactured in Chelsea star told The Occasions, when he discovered how a lot Farage manufactured from his stint on the exhibit. “You could acquire five properties for that!”

Farage’s described expenses would make him the greatest-paid I’m a Celeb contestant in the show’s 23-period history. In advance of Farage’s controversial signing, Noel Edmonds was the highest-compensated campmate, earning £600,000 from his 2018 appearance.

Former Olympic swimmer Caitlyn Jenner, football manager Harry Redknapp, and Society Club singer Boy George were all reportedly paid £500.000 for their respective stints in the jungle camp.

Sam Thompson greeted by Zara McDermott as he arrives in London immediately after I’m a Celeb victory

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Thompson – a self-confessed I’m a Celeb megafan– quipped he would have “paid them to be on” the strike ITV collection, including: “Mate, I would have finished it for anything at all! I would have been a incredibly, extremely effortless negotiation. I would have paid them to be on it.“

The show’s eventual winner, Thompson beforehand described getting on I’m a Celeb as “a dream”.

“It was an absolute resounding ‘yes’ when I bought approached. In simple fact, they didn’t even need to have to inquire! I am a big fan of the present,” he instructed ITV, following this year’s movie star line-up was verified.

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Elsewhere in the new interview, Thompson explained he prevented clashing with Farage, who clashed with First Dates star Fred Sirieix and YouTuber Nella Rose about Brexit, by avoiding conversations about politics altogether.

As a substitute, Thompson claimed, “I just went down to the creek to get started chatting about Harry Potter.”

“I did a video clip prior to I went in, being like, ‘I really hope there is no politicians, because I simply cannot get involved in any of their discussions. I just do not know ample about the matter.’ So when [Farage] arrived in, I was I was like, ‘Oh my God!’” Thompson discussed.

When questioned irrespective of whether he recognised the GB News host, Thompson replied: “Absolutely! There’d been a good deal of chatter beforehand and you dial into a couple of matters but him as a human being, I experienced no plan.

“He’s a really interesting dude, but I’m not a combative particular person. The minute they began speaking about politics, I just went down to the creek to commence talking about Harry Potter,” he additional.

Thompson, who is courting Love Island alum Zara McDermott, also explained his have explanations for showing on the present had been not tied to funds or perhaps dancing his career. calling his expertise “a bucket-record dream”.

Nigel Farage comes at Heathrow Airport right after having element in the ITV sequence

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“It was not financial, or a occupation shift,” he explained to the newspaper. “I genuinely needed to go and take in camel’s penis. I preferred to meet [presenters] Ant [McPartlin] and Dec Donnelly), they’re my heroes, the most legendary men and women of my everyday living.

“Even even though there were instances wherever I was a little bit slower or far more tired, I never had a down day mainly because I’d try to remember I was in the jungle and be delighted once more.

“The only situation I actually had was that I was seriously, genuinely energetic and I hoped I was not annoying individuals with that,” Thompson included.

Thompson’s sunny disposition struck a chord with admirers from the extremely very first episode, with the podcast host turning into an early favourite to earn the fact series.