The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

Disgraced former UK minister seeks reality TV redemption


LONDON >> Matt Hancock, the U.K’s scandal-prone former health secretary, sought an unlikely form of redemption Sunday: attempting to win “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here” — a grueling, often gruesome reality show set in the Australian jungle.

Hancock led Britain’s response to COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic, telling people to stay away from others to protect the health service — then got caught breaking his government’s own rules when video emerged of him kissing and groping an aide he was having an affair with.

While many Britons have been disgusted by Hancock’s appearance, viewers upended expectatio­ns by voting Hancock through to Sunday evening’s final. He finished third. Former England soccer star Jill Scott won the competitio­n and actor Owen Warner finished second.

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