My Celebrity alien kid­nap

Co­me­dian Shappi tells of her ‘agony’ in the jun­gle

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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

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