Bush­sucker

Boris’ dad: I’ve never seen I’m A Celeb (so the kan­ga­roo pe­nis will be a shock)

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MARK JEFFERIES Showbiz Ed­i­tor, in Queens­land, Aus­tralia mark.jefferies@mir­ror.co.uk

IT looks like Stan­ley John­son is as clue­less as his politi­cian son Boris after claim­ing that he has never even watched I’m A Celebrity.

At 77, Stan­ley – be­lieved to be earn­ing a six-fig­ure pay­ment – will be­come the show’s oldest ever con­tes­tant on Sun­day.

But yes­ter­day he blus­tered: “I have to tell you I have never watched the show.

“It’s all to­tally new to me, I know ab­so­lutely noth­ing about it.

“But I’ve been told about it and ob­vi­ously I am ready to give it a go.”

Asked if he was afraid of chal­lenges such as the fa­mously stom­ach-churn­ing Bush­tucker Tri­als, which once saw the wine critic Jilly Goolden try – and fail – to eat a kan­ga­roo pe­nis, he said: “I don’t think I am dread­ing any­thing.

“I am look­ing for­ward to be­ing with

the fel­low com­peti­tors, con­tes­tants. I say that be­cause it is a com­pe­ti­tion, isn’t it?”

Stan­ley will soon be on a diet of ba­sic ra­tions, but hopes that it will help him get the new, slim physique he dreams of.

He said: “I am look­ing for­ward to los­ing half a stone. No, se­ri­ously, I am.”

Stan­ley, who flew into Bris­bane from New Zealand, con­firmed the Mir­ror’s story that his four chil­dren – Boris, Rachel, Jo and Leo – had no idea their fa­ther was about to be­come a re­al­ity star.

He even claimed to have kept his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the show a se­cret from his wife Jen­nifer.

He said: “It’s an ab­so­lute se­cret as far as they are con­cerned. My wife does not know I am plan­ning to do this.

“Her re­ac­tion? It’s hard to say.”

Th e en­vi­ron­men­tal exp er t and novelist said his chil­dren would prob­a­bly never find out he was on I’m A Celebrity “un­less they turn the telly on”. He said: “They are all very busy. They will pick it up some­where, I sup­pose.

“If the John­sons spent all their time watch­ing other John­sons on TV, they would have noth­ing else to do.”

Stan­ley pre­vi­ously claimed that he had no idea his For­eign Sec­re­tary son Boris was busy deal­ing with the fall­out from his hor­rific gaffe over Nazanin Zaghar­iRat­cliffe’s jail sen­tence in Iran.

Boris told a Com­mons com­mit­tee the mum had been in Iran “teach­ing peo­ple jour­nal­ism” when she was ar­rested in 2016, giv­ing the Ira­ni­ans am­mu­ni­tion to in­crease her sen­tence.

Stan­ley said: “I’ve been this side of the equa­tor for the last three weeks, heaven knows what’s been hap­pen­ing.”

So at least Stan­ley is used to the con­di­tions Down Un­der, which could make him use­ful to boxer Amir Khan, who ad­mit­ted he will need some­one to fight his cor­ner to fend off creepy crawlies.

He said: “I am one guy who hates spi­ders. When­ever I see a spi­der at home, I get my sis­ter to move it. I just don’t deal with it. I hope I don’t come across any of them when I am in the jun­gle.

“I know I am go­ing to. Will I scream? Yes, def­i­nitely, but maybe this is the time where I face my pho­bias. I also hate snakes and heights too.”

Mark flew to Oz with BA. I’m A Celebrity starts at 9pm, ITV, on Sun­day.

BAD TASTE Jilly Goolden

SE­CRET Boris and his dad Stan­ley

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