Chris Moyles launches furious tirade against fake Matt Hancock amid backlash
Chris Moyles has blasted Matt Hancock as he unleashed his true feelings — branding him "fake" and saying he should be working and not in the jungle.
In his first in-depth interview since leaving I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, the radio DJ, 48, let rip regarding Matt, 44, amid the backlash over ITV's decision to let him appear on the show despite being a working MP.
Chris told Radio X: “I don't know what's been in the show… I was venting quite a lot when he first came in.
“Because, well, I'll just say he should be at work, because he's an MP and he's paid to look after people and their interests and hopefully make their lives better, and I don't know how he does that by going on the jungle show.
“And then there was a moment when we got into a conversation about him and it got quite tense, which I accidentally started by being a smart ass and going 'so when did your book come out' and he went 'next month' and I didn't know he had a book out!”
He continued: "And the reason I got I got annoyed with him was because Seann did something in his personal life that got thrown all over the newspapers and didn't impact my life whatsoever, has had a really, really hard time career wise, and mental health wise since.
“He was very open about it, and has come on the show to basically to say I'm really not a bad guy, can I start again. Which is really honest and takes a lot of balls.
"And Matt Hancock kind of dived around a few questions I thought, and then said, 'I guess all I'm just asking for is forgiveness'. And at which point I had to walk out of camp and just get away because I personally found that quite fake. And that really wound me up."
Chris said he was then forced to separate Matt Hancock from the Matt in camp doing trials and trying to win food for camp.
He added: "As a campmate he did an amazing job. And as a guy he lives in a different world to you and me. But, he's a human being.
"There's Matt Hancock, who I have issues with, and there's Matt who I was in the jungle with and I know that sounds almost like an excuse, but it was the only way that myself and others could deal with that fact."
The decision by ITV to allow Matt to go into the jungle as a serving MP has caused huge controversy.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was "disappointed" in Matt, and would not be watching.
Tory MP Tim Loughton described the MP as an “absolute prat”, and campaigners for families bereaved in the Covid-19 pandemic accused him of trying to “cash in on his terrible legacy”.
In April, Matt apologised after the High Court ruled government policies on discharging patients from hospital into care homes at the onset of the pandemic were "unlawful".
Last June, Matt was forced to resign after CCTV footage surfaced of him embracing his aide at the time and current girlfriend Gina Coladangelo, when this would breach his own rules on physical contact. It also ended his 15-year marriage.
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