My Celebrity alien kidnap
Comedian Shappi tells of her ‘agony’ in the jungle
Shappi Khorsandi says life in the I’m A Celebrity camp felt like an alien abduction as she struggled without her work and family. The comedian, 44, tells of her “agony” in the jungle in her first in-depth interview after becoming the first to be voted out.
The mum of two says: “It feels like I’ve been abducted by aliens and put in this surreal planet. I’m grateful for the experience but it was agony in some parts.
“All my clothes were really damp. All the towels were soaking, nothing dried. The trials were getting MARK JEFFERIES
weirder and there were personalities in there that really wanted to win.” She adds: “What was hard was, even down to your clothing, not being given the stuff that makes you you. Without my family and job I don’t feel myself, I’m that shy girl overshadowed by the boisterous boys.” Shappi says she came close to quitting and that Iain Lee was also struggling to cope. Vegan Shappi says she was given secret food parcels by show bosses after eating meat made her ill. She says: “I thought, ‘Come on, it’s not a religion.’ So I had meat and I was physically sick, five times in one hour.
“After that I asked for vegan food and they were very accommodating.”
She says she bonded with Made in Chelsea star Georgia “Toff ” Toffolo as they laughed about how different they were politically.
Another of her favourites was Stanley Johnson, but she says political content including a discussion he had about immigration with Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale was cut from the show.
She says Jamie Lomas and Rebekah Vardy are focused on winning, but that Amir Khan is “like a little boy”.
She adds: “Toff and I nearly died laughing when Amir ran over about four days into the jungle saying, ‘Guys, guys, you know in the Bush Telegraph they’re recording what we’re saying?’” Not satisfied with dishing out his brutally honest views to Strictly celebs, Craig Revel Horwood has also been critiquing backstage staff.
Singer Tommy Blaize has been on the show since 2004 and knows how harsh Craig can be.
“He’s been trying to teach me some moves but he tells me off for my dad dancing.”
Tommy’s debut solo album, Life & Soul, is out now.
VOTED OUT Shappi Khorsandi