TV presenter, Vernon Kay, reveals he has signed up to I’m A Celebrity to make his two daughters proud. And the star admits it is all down to daughters, Phoebe and Amber, that he has agreed to join his fellow celebrities in the Welsh camp this year even though he knows he will be a big softie and cry.
“One hundred per cent I will cry,” says the TV entertainer. “My favourite movie is Forrest Gump. I
have seen it at least 100 times and I cry every time I watch it.
“But I am excited about doing I’m a Celebrity. The physical and mental challenges will be really
“I am also looking forward to finding out who my camp mates are and building relationships with those guys – finding out who they are and what makes them who they are.”
“Mainly though I am doing it for my daughters, Phoebe and Amber.”
“It’s a show they watch on a regular basis and they get behind the people in the camp. I think the fact I am involved in it will make it even more fun for them!
“And now it is approaching, they are so excited. Every time I talk about it, I get a double fist pump from them and they are thrilled to be involved.”
His wife, Tess Daly, is also fully supportive of him taking part, adds Vernon, and he knows the whole family will be rooting for him when he takes part in a trial – particularly anything that involves him going underwater.
“I am scared of confined spaces and being claustrophobic in water is a big one,” he admits. “I don’t like that. The coffin trial? I am 6 ft 4 and so it is going to take a heck of a lot of water to get to my nose!
“But I will try my best in the trials to get as many stars as I can for my camp mates.”
Asked how he feels about a strict diet of rice and beans and Vernon reveals he isn’t sure how he is going to be on small rations. The American football fanatic says: “I like being full. I don t like being peckish and I will be scraping around looking for leftovers. That is the one thing I am hoping to discover about myself – how I am when I am hungry!”
But he jokes it won’t be too problematic in the camp kitchen. “Let’s be honest, I’m A Celebrity is
not about cooking,” he adds. “All you do is boil and fry!
“I am hoping I can stay positive throughout it all. People will get fed up, bored and tired and I hope I can try and keep everything positive. “
After a crazy year thanks to the pandemic, Vernon says he is also happy to be working again. The TV star says: “I am not missing anything as 2020 ha been a kick in the nuts for everyone! I have not been working really this year and so we will have to see how this goes now!”
So does he hope to be crowned ‘King of the Castle?’ “I have not thought about winning,” he
replies. “I just want to embrace it for what it is. We are going to be doing challenges that Go Ape would dream of! “And the one trial I hope rolls over from Australia is that big water slide at the end. I love that!”
He laughs and then adds: “I saw Dermot O’Leary and Rochelle Humes the other day and they said ‘its horrific’ but I told them it was only a telly show! And it is. We might not necessarily be wearing the hats with the cork on it this year and yes it will be different by being in Wales but there is a lot of intrigue already and I am excited.”